I was having a good ol’ chat with one of my friends about social media. Back in the day when we both went to school, social media wasn’t even a twinkle in someone’s eye. Gathering data was hard work — you had to physically go to the library to look-up information (gasp, shock, horror). If you wanted to wish someone a happy birthday you had to either pick up the phone or send them a card via snail mail. Now we have a whole new brave world where information is only a few clicks away. You can wish someone a happy birthday while waiting at the airport simply by writing on their FB wall via the app you downloaded for your phone. And you can read any and all papers in the IEEE library from the comfort of your home without even changing out of your pajamas. Social media outlets offer us a seemingly unending source of information to tap into. I don’t even think twice about using social media to gather and share information and apparently I’m not alone. Did you know that if Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s third largest?
What do you think of social media? Is it all hype or do you actually use it to make the quality of your life and work better? For me the answer is clear but I’m curious to know what you think. If you fancy taking part in a survey which we are sponsoring on the role of social media in the world of engineering, then please follow this link. It is absolutely anonymous and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. And let me know if you’d like me to share the results of the survey with you by sending me an email.
Until next time,