Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Argument against Social Media
The main argument is that it is a waste of time.
The ironic part of that argument is that it is usually uttered by those who are not using it, but they are walking outside for their smoke breaks and spend a considerable amount of time watching television.
Granted, there are many who waste time playing games, posting pictures and doing other non-work things during the business day on Facebook and the other Social Media Channels.
But before the popularity of social media, these are the same folks who would gab on the phone to their cousin three states away on the company dime. (For you youngsters, we used to have to pay long distance charges to call people who were not local.)
They also would send jokes and pictures via fax machines and then email forwards, and did we turn off the email machines and the like?
So, the other argument is a matter of trust. Some companies do not trust their employees to say anything that might reflect poorly on the company.
While I understand the concern, let me again point out that some of these companies look the other way or ignore bad behavior in public by their employees.
Coming up, I'll have the flip side: The Argument for Social Media.
In the meantime, feel free to leave your comments.