I am not a social media n00b. I have had a personal facebook account since first introduced in England, as well as a non-personal account (possibly one of the first), a Twitter, LinkedIn, bebo, MySpace and Google+ account. My role at work even includes controlling various accounts and development.
But the thing with social media is it is constantly changing, with updates, new sites, apps and technology advances. Many people also assume that because they know their way around their personal account, that they are “experts” and can then teach others.
Believe it or not bit I have met someone who is teaching others about social media, and how to use it, yet believed that after 48 hours tweets just disappeared forever, or that it was fine to tweet anything. He is being paid by people to teach them thongs that are dangerously wrong!
So how do they get away with this? He isn’t a scam artist, but believes he’s an expert!
With it all changing, qualifications are out of date the next day, yet how do we stop people teaching about things they actually know little about or is often outdated!
Having controlled many websites now, its crazy to see website documents even weeks after it is made sometimes to how outdated it is. But when your working with websites that don’t allow for any social media engagement, you worry.
In the last 10 years we have gone from mobile phones starting to become common place in the UK, with smart phone completely changing all markets, meetings and businesses these days. Even 5 years down the line, it will be interesting to see where we are in terms of social and technical advances.
For now we need to try to bridge the gap though with those who have knowledge and understanding with those that don’t. Or maybe focus at the bigger picture. America now produce enough food to feed 80% of the worlds population, yet consume or dispose of it in the US.
Why do we not use social media more to make people aware, or change this? Get America to send food to countries that need it, and get them healthier. Why not remove ignorance and stupidity?
I know I am not a n00b to social media, but I still have hopes it can be used for good. That we can make real positive change.
I hope you feel that way too.