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Social Media Ignorance in the IT Analyst Industry


Social media, the newest channel of communication across the Internet, is increasingly being used to influence, but also to deliver advice and research.

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Comments (9)
I think this view is biased at least in so far as analyst events are concerned. Personally, I never take a laptop to analyst events. I write faster and more accurately than I type and I can draw arrows and other symbols on a piece of paper, linking thoughts, which I can't do in Word. A notebook is also a good deal lighter to carry around. I don't tweet at events because I'd rather be listening to the speaker - I can always discuss the content with my peers at the bar.

More generally, while I do think there is some value in the use of social media, it can all too easily become an end in itself. I tweet when I have something useful to say that can be encapsulated in 140 characters, which isn't actually that often.

Posted by Philip H | Wednesday, January 19 2011 at 12:30PM ET
The pace of information flow and information sharing is radically faster in 2011 than it was just a year ago. To stay current is harder than ever. That's why social media are critical to me. Twitter keeps me updated, blogs keep me informed. I could not do without either anymore. If analysts are not on both, they are not heard by a large number of influential industry participants and are not hearing them either. Excellent post, well written. Thanks.
Posted by Tim B | Wednesday, January 19 2011 at 12:30PM ET
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