Over the last few years, SIOP has instituted numerous platforms for members interact and share content online. You may have already noticed references to applications like Facebook, The Exchange, and wikis, but if you are not sure how to make the most of them, SIOP can help!
Whether you are looking for a platform to share your opinions, a way to connect with other I-Os, or a source of information to stay up to date on SIOP news, there is an online tool or social networking option to help you do it. Visit SIOP’s Social Media page
for a list of our options. But if phrases like “social networking” and “Web 2.0” have you confused, keep reading for more information on how to utilize the options and tools SIOP has to offer its members.Social networking:
Social networking Web sites such as Facebook have become ubiquitous on the Web today. By creating a profile on a social networking site, users can search for colleagues or other professionals within or outside of their organization or institution, send public and private messages to multiple users, and expand their network by joining groups with their common interests. Although a great deal of press has focused on privacy issues with social networking sites, this doesn’t have to be a problem. You have the option of including whatever information you wish in your profile, and new features allow you to customize your profile so that others only see the information you want them to see.
One of the first and most popular social networking sites, Facebook offers many options for connecting with other professionals, colleagues, and friends through common interest groups and official pages. SIOP’s official page can be found here
. Become a “fan” of the page to receive alerts and updates from SIOP on important news and deadlines. The page also allows you to view upcoming events and announcements via the “wall,” and we even hold fun events, such as the recent SIOP 3,000 Fan Giveaway, which celebrated our 3,000th Facebook fan by giving away SIOP gear to lucky winners.
Twitter is a self-described “real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.” After signing up for a Twitter account, Twitter asks users one question: “What are you doing?” and the user answers that question in 140 characters or less. Users can then choose to follow others’ “tweets” to keep up on information they are passing on. Twitter allows you to share information with others in short, readable pieces. It also allows you to “tweet” about SIOP and I-O-related news to anyone following you over Twitter! Follow SIOP at “SIOPtweets
,” our official Twitter name, or tweet about SIOP using the hash tag #SIOP.LinkedIn:
Although Facebook attracts users of all ages and serves as more of a social or common interest networking application, LinkedIn was created specifically for professional networking. More than 45 million professionals use the site to “exchange information, ideas, and opportunities,” according to LinkedIn. After creating an account, users can search for “contacts” (similar to Facebook’s “friends”) and join networks, such as the SIOP network and the I-O practitioners’ network. LinkedIn is geared toward professional networking, with options to add work history, references, and specific interests such as “job inquiries,” “business deals,” and “getting back in touch.”
Blogs and wikis: News and information move at the speed of light online. Blogs and wikis offer outlets for people to disseminate information while also allowing feedback and discourse from the public. It’s important to note that blogs aren’t required to be authored by professional journalists and are often written as personal opinions (“blog” short for Weblog, originally defined as an online personal journal/diary). However, the term “blog” has come to define not only personal Web sites but also professional interest sites, where authors post information and news on specific topics, such as I-O psychology. Wikis, on the other hand, allow anyone to contribute to the site. Like the popular Web site Wikipedia, you can post news and information, resources, and documents to the wiki for view and use by the public.
The SIOP Exchange:
The SIOP Exchange, created in 2009 by the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee, serves as SIOP’s official I-O psychology blog. The blog publishes news, announcements, and editorials from SIOP members and allows any member of the public to comment. The blog serves as both a mode of communication for members as well as a public relations tool for the general public to learn about and understand I-O psychology. Contribute to the blog by submitting your editorial or news here
. Learn more about the blog here
SIOP’s wiki site was launched at the 25th annual conference in 2010 and is open to anyone to view and edit. The appeal of a wiki is that it allows members to share information and edit the site without having to involve a third party. Visit SIOP’s Science & Practice Resources
and the Teaching Aids Wiki
for research materials and other helpful resources, or visit the committee pages, which are available to all SIOP committees as a means of communicating their committee activities to members.RSS Feeds:
In order to keep up with all of the posts on your favorite blogs, you can subscribe to what is known as an RSS feed. Short for “really simply syndication,” RSS is a publishing format that pushes headlines from all your favorite Web sites to you rather than requiring you to visit all of the sites multiple times per day. Simply put, whenever new information of interest to you is posted on a site that you like, you can choose to have that information sent to a central hub of your choosing. From this hub, you can read all of the headlines. The SIOP Exchange features the ability for readers to subscribe to an RSS feed that will deliver the most recent posts to any RSS reader or aggregator. Simply click the “Subscribe to this blog's feed” link on the upper left of the blog page. For more information on RSS, including how to subscribe, read "Making RSS Work for You
Share features: You have probably already seen various versions of “share” features on the Web. News sites and blogs include them near stories so you can send their content to others via applications such as Digg, LinkedIn, e-mail, Facebook, and many other sharing devices. These features allow you to quickly and easily send a story or Web page to someone or post it online without having to copy and paste the information or URL. SIOP’s Web site now features a share option that allows you to share the stories published on the site via almost any sharing application available. The option is located on the top right-hand side of the main story, “SIOP News,” and “Featuring” pages.
Digg is a Web site that gathers and displays content based on votes or “Diggs” from online users like you. Everything on Digg, including news, videos, and images, is submitted by the public. To “Digg” something, you first have to set up an account. Once something is submitted, other people read it and Digg what they like best. If a submission receives enough Diggs, it is placed on Digg.com’s front page, which is read by visitors to Digg. By digging a story on the SIOP Web site, you help bring traffic to our stories and help promote SIOP!
This is just an overview of some of SIOP’s social media features. Check back to the SIOP Web site for future additions, or get started connecting with other I-Os on some of the networks above!
Questions regarding SIOP’s social media platforms can be directed to Communications Manager Stephany Schings Below at firstname.lastname@example.org