"Do you Tweet?"
Too many people were asking me that. Was I missing out on something important? As a tech journalist [using that term loosely], I realized I better get a Twitter account. Now that I sit through 2 sessions devoted to social media at COFES, I am glad I have not missed the boat. Yeah, I am part of a hot topic, and if questioned, I may even have some experience to share. At least I will not be wondering what they are talking about.
I also learn that Facebook is most popular in the over-45 crowd. I'm feeling doubly cool now. I had opened a Facebook account a few months ago. I was not about to share that so far I had only used it off topic. Where else was I going to record my finishing marathon times?
I also don't share that despite my occasional Tweet, I am still trying to figure out how Twitter can be useful for me -- and for CAD, CAM and CAE professionals. I was hoping to get some clues during COFES. However, social media is being accepted as a foregone conclusion, even though concrete examples of its usefulness are not forthcoming. Comfort is taken in "being connected," "collaborating," "community," etc. etc.
I want to shrink to the back of the room. The more hip attendees have declared their devotion to Twitter specifically and social media in general. Any last hope I have of sharing my experience and expressing my doubt is finally squashed as one loud Twit asks rhetorically, "Would you have questioned the use of the telephone when it was first introduced? Kids growing up...they don't question it ... they just use it." Many have already found 3rd party apps that enhance their Twitter experience (Twitterdeck, for example). Have you checked out Yammer? It's like Twitter, only for companies.
I resolve to check out Twitterdeck and Yammer. I type all this into my ThinkPad, which suddenly seems really big and really black, not at all like every one's iPhones, Blackberries, all very small, in chrome and white. Gee, someone needs a tech makeover.