Dec 1 Posted 6 years ago
(this isn't related to you, Joel, but why don't I get an email notification when someone comments on a post I've commented on, like every other blog/forum/site I know? I have to actively hunt down my comments to see if they were responded to?)
And now to what matters :)
I didn't say that your claims were unsubstantiated. On the contrary, I said that you stated facts that were out there - new facts, as the case was, and I'm not saying that you are re-hashing old news.
196 ways that.... are blogs that I don't like reading in any case, and that wasn't my point. My point was that I want to hear YOUR opinion on the matter. Not 196 ways that people are using SM. Not the latest job posting. What YOU made of it. The fact of the matter is that many blog posts (not necessarily yours) are made up of 80% facts and 20% opinion. I can read the facts for myself. I will formulate my own opinion, based on my experience, my previous encounters with the same kind of data, and on my education. I want to hear what you have to say about them.
"So what do you think, Avi? This is the age of participative media. Your opinion maters just as much as mine does, probably more."
Thank you for the flattery, but it doesn't. My opinion matters just as much as yours. No more, no less. (At least here. At your workplace, your opinion will probably matter more :)). Which is why I want to hear other people.
As for my opinion?
Most large companies still see Social Media as a large playground, not something that really needs to be taken seriously.
"Sure, we need someone to look over social networks and find information, but surely it is as easy as typing search terms into Google, right? And young people like social networks - hey! It's an excellent fit! And they're cheap too!"
When they get bad results from Social Media - not the traffic they expected, not finding the materials they thought were there, etc., they blame the social networks and social media for not working properly, or not delivering as promised, because people don't really use them, or use their real life information to complete their profile, or that clicking 'likes' does nothing in the real world. The companies don't attach any blame to the fact that they hired someone who doesn't really know what they are doing, and don't receive the proper training to do the job, which requires more skill than thought, as you and I know.
It will take another few years before social media skills become standardized, and only then you'll have companies looking for '1st degree in Social Media Studies" to investigate claims :)
Nov 29 Posted 6 years ago
I don't think a blog post needs to feel like the Bataan Death March, Avi. A post on the 196 Ways People Are Using Social Media as an Investigative Tool is useless. Instead, I make a number of well substantiated claims in rapid order, with solid backup, and then express my opinion clearly and tersely.
As I wrote "Anyone who is surprised that this goes on has not been paying attention and only has himself or herself to blame if it happens to them... if you don’t want the world to know about it, don’t post it on your Facebook page." I also write in the close that rulings have been mixed but that people should expect social media-based investigation to become an everyday part of their lives.
Secura posted their job description 11/23, so this was not a fact anyone knew before. It provides a rare glimpse into how companies see themselves as they are doing this kind of investigation online. Usually, all we hear is consumer histeria. (Think Foursquare check-ins and burglaries.) The Secura position also substantiates the notion that many social media roles are staffed by inexperienced, young, and underpaid (or not paid at all employees).
So what do you think, Avi? This is the age of participative media. Your opinion maters just as much as mine does, probably more.
Nov 29 Posted 6 years ago
And? I got the feeling I was reading half a post here. You posted some information, correlated it to a world wide trend (and put the most interesting bit - your own observation - in parentheses).
You could have done so much more with that - not necessarily longer, but with more meaning.
Keep in mind that I read the post because I want to hear your opinion. I already know the facts.
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