Last night I was one of the presenters on a panel at the monthly meeting for the Australian Computer Society. The topic that was discussed was “Social Networking in a Business Context”.
Thanks to the ACS for organising and running the presentation. Individual thanks to Yasas Abeywickrama, Ksenija Catic and Jeanette Wirt from the ACS for their help and also to my co-presenters Charlynn Miller and Corry Brouwer.
It was an interesting night and I feel we only really scratched the surface of Social Networking and its use. It is such a broad term and the way that an individual or organisation uses Social Networking can vary greatly depending on what you are looking to achieve.
It can be difficult to keep pace in the Social Networking space with the speed of which the technology is changing. There are so many different tools and applications to use and they are constantly being superceded by new tools or apps. I would suggest to use the 3-4 tools that best suit your purposes other wise social networking can consume too much of your time trying to manage multiple accounts and networks.
On the drive home, I was thinking that it will be interesting to see what the current state of Social Networking develops into in 2,5,10 years. Will we continue to use the tools that we use today? Will we still use them in the same context?
Generation Y certainly embraces the technology and tools, however if we think of the next generation that enters the workforce after this – is it fair to assume they will be even more technically savvy or adept in this space?
What do you think will become of social Networking and sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Ning, Plaxo, etc….., how will we use these sites to interact, what will happen in 2,5,10 years??