We carry the keys to the Social Age within our pockets: our phones connect us and this connection is what makes us more effective. I’m working on the design of a Masterclass on ‘Creating effective mobile learning in the Social Age’ and came up with this illustration, so i’m sharing it here (sharing being a core skill for Social Leaders and learners).
Mobile links us to our communities: we use it for sharing, photos, web links, stories. These stories are the narratives of our lives unfolding, of our work being done, of our dreams, aspirations, loves and desires.
Mobile connects us to our networks: we curate content and, in it’s wise application, draw our communities closer together. We distract ourselves from work and work when we shouldn’t be distracted from our families.
We are connected: through Skype, instant messaging and even telephone now and then. SMS messages are our trivial and throwaway thoughts or deep expressions of sincerity.
We plan our social lives through mobile and build networks of friends around the world, connected in real time messaging. Loose social ties unrestrained by geography.
We collaborate widely and learn ‘just in time’, through co-created community resources like Wikipedia. With Siri, we even talk to our phones. We play games, competing and colluding, building points and points mean prizes.
We use mobile to identify things: plants, music, faces.
Mobile technology power the Social Age.