Gracious as ever, Robert had been keeping the students entertained by showing them SecondLife and discussing some of its implications for PR and business.
But when I finally got online he had a preprepared batch of questions that made me think — not easy after only 2.5 hours sleep!!
Like Robert, the students at Auburn were delightful. We talked about PR, marketing, business, the personal results I’ve experienced as a result of my involvement with Social Media (‘Web2.0’), Stephanie’s engagement, and we swapped a few really old junior school jokes that one girl was embarrassed to admit she even knew the punchline of:
“How do you make a handkerchief dance?” *
And the infamous “Did you know diarrhoea is hereditary? It runs in your jeans” brought many laughs and some nausea.
We discussed the Steve Irwin phenomenon, why SecondLife might be as big as some think it will be, how the internet has shown itself spectacularly adept at ‘blind-siding’ everyone (the next ‘Google Killer’ could be launching next week; we could have four ‘YouTube’ phenomenon’s by Christmas 2008); and a whole lot more.
There was much humour, ridicule, insults and compliments shared — much as good friends share. Which is what it felt like: the sharing of ideas with friends.
Many many thanks to Robert for extending the invitation to me to, initially, blog over at the Marcom blog and then to be a part of his class. Robert, you are a true pioneer and as some of the comments from your students attest, a man of heart and honour. It’s my pleasure to have you in my life, mate!
And if you want to see some of the students in action (including one of Miss Auburn University, and here’s why if you are male you possibly should), might I suggest you check out The Loveliest Village and their Flikr photos. Which raises for me another wonderful love story about the internet — not only can I read their blogs listen to their podcasts, but I can subscribe to their photos so that when they post new ones I can see them within minutes. Fantastic!
And I can’t believe the size of the crowd they get at their college football games — makes our AFL look positively kindergarten by comparison!
* You put a bit of boogie in it!