We’re all experiencing the intersection of social media into the landscape of our culture and daily lives. That is why bringing mindfulness to how we interact in this medium is more important than ever.

It’s my pleasure to bring to you Howard Rheingold, an author who has been talking about our interaction with the online world and how it has changed our reality for years. Howard is author of many books, the most recent being Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.

Today in our debut video. Howard answers questions on the landscape of social media today, why mindfulness can help and what the future looks like.

In the video you will find:

  • A Brief History of Social Media: Social Media didn’t start with Facebook, in the 80’s there were interactive bulletin boards. Today, the interaction is enormous; we’re approaching 3 billion internet accounts and 5 billion mobile users. More than ever, there’s a collision between technology and our attention, but social media does not compel our attention. We have a choice to be aware of it and use it wisely, and mindfulness can support this.
  • Understand the 5 Essential Literacies: Attention, Participation, Collaboration, Crap detecting, Network know how.
  • This is a participatory medium where we are actively creating our culture. The only way we can improve quality of life online is to help people separate good information from bad information.
  • Quick Tips for being more mindful of social mediaBuild a personal learning network. Look for people who know what they’re talking about and follow them via blogs, twitter, or listorious. Pay attention to those people; stop following the others. When it comes to the ones who provide value, feed them: ask questions and even give them your own tips.

Howard says that in the future we will need to consider: is this social media machine going to use us or are we going to use it?

The answer is up to us.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.