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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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