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It's great that social media education has been a topic frequently discussed on the web. It seems like there is general agreement among social media users/evangelists/consultants that education is crucial. However social media education can be quite vast and can pretty much mean anything. It's like trying to teach someone to be a mechanic in a few days or even a few hours, there's a lot to learn. The challenge is keeping the trainees up to date on that latest tools/tactics/strategies.
As you know social media is a very dynamic field and what you learn today might change tomorrow. So if we keep seeing new tools/techniques/strategies emerging almost daily, how to we create and administer social media training programs? My answer, focus on the core of social media principles. Here are the main topics I would consider (I'm going to leave a few out because I'm more interested in what you have to say):
So here I have listed 8 high level topics that make up a part of what I consider the social media core. Instead of focusing social media education efforts on details (that will change quickly) I think it would be much more valuable to focus on applications that are relatively constant. The details can be left to the people implementing the actual strategy or to the consultants that are advising the company.
Do you agree with me? What other topics would you add to the social media core?
Co-founder of The FOW Community, an invite only membership community designed to empower members and prepare them for the future of work. Author of, "The Future of Work" and "The Collaborative Organization," Keynote speaker and can be found on Twitter @JacobM or on my blog The Future Organization.com.