Social Media Week was a great opportunity to find out what went on behind the social networking sites I so frequently used. Signing up to the work experience, I knew it would be a great way to learn more about the more about the technical side to socialising online, but after the introductions from Specialmoves, Tempero and Mint, it was clear that it was a lot more than HTML and coding, and also that it was really, really fun, which is helped by the super friendly people working there.
The Tempero workshops taught me loads about Social Media linked with big companies, and how they do various tasks, which ultimately results in the company having a stronger bond with its customers. They also taught me about the management behind co-ordinating a social media company, and all you have to be aware of, including legalities, which was way more interesting than I anticipated.
Lindsay showed some projects Specialmoves actually did, including the Halifax fundraising personal music videos and the Misfits clip, and explained what companies used Specialmoves for, and this was really good because I’d never really thought about the organisation and work put into the interactive parts of company’s websites. The Women In A Room workshop brought up some really interesting issues, and was a really fun, laid back event.
The Mint workshops brought out our arty side, with several creative activities, getting us to bring our ideas and creating a physical product. We were taught about how they come up with their products, the briefs which they were given and the process they go through before they come up with the product. It was generally a great experience, and definitely brought out a more arty side.
Generally, the whole experience was one I’m extremely happy about taking, and it’s brought out a new interest, its something I’d love to do again.