So today at Media Two Interactive, it’s been a very busy day – but not in the “normal” kind of busy… At 2:00 we are shutting down for our holiday party, which admittedly is going to be much more low key than years past, but still a time to celebrate our successes and enjoy the spirit of the holidays with friends and family (and pets). The pending snow “storm” (in North Carolina that just means we might see more than 3 flakes of snow) will undoubtedly add some more chaos to the day – but what has made this a fantastic day today was our first attempt at anti-Social Media…
The rules for today were very simple… You may not use email. You may not tweet. You may not use IM. You must get up from your desk and go talk to people. You must pick up the phone and call people back when they email you. If you have to email something, you must call that person first and explain what you’re emailing.
The result has been fantastic! Our office is as noisy as it’s ever been! People are socializing and having fun, yet getting tons done. Just as importantly – every time I get up to go talk to someone I learn about cookies stuffed with caramel, donuts, starbursts and everything else that makes the holiday’s great! As entrenched as we are in our interactive technologies, it’s still fun to see us taking a purely social look around us. The communication methods of tweeting, emailing and IM’ing are supposed to complement the human interaction, and not replace it. That being said – I hope I don’t get flagged for blogging today, as I’m proof that it’s next to impossible to turn off all of the new conveniences of Social Media.
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