Are you being social?

For someone who has spent a great deal of time working with the Internet (I was setting up Web directories and posting articles on Websites as early as 1995), I feel like I have come incredibly late to the whole “social media” thing. Sure, I’ve visited YouTube and have LinkedIn and Classmates.

02/01/2009


For someone who has spent a great deal of time working with the Internet (I was setting up Web directories and posting articles on Websites as early as 1995), I feel like I have come incredibly late to the whole “social media” thing. Sure, I’ve visited YouTube and have LinkedIn and Classmates.com accounts (both of which I tend to check only when someone asks to connect with me), but I did not set up a Facebook site until this past July.

I suspect my reticence toward social applications on the Web was due to the fact that I just kept thinking I don’t have the time for it. And I don’t. But since joining, I’ve found that I’m making the time for it—albeit in small segments here and there—because of the knowledge I’ve gained from it. Not just of the personal sort which comes by way of friendly connections, but of what’s going on “out there” professionally, financially, politically, and otherwise.

Bottom line: it’s a great way to connect, not just with people you already know but, more importantly, with people you don’t know who very likely have some knowledge from which you can benefit. The cost of admission: being willing to likewise share some of your own knowledge and opinions.

If you’re still unsure about it and thinking it’s only for those barely past adolescence, consider these Facebook facts: there are more than 150 million active users; more than half of Facebook users are outside of college; the fastest growing demographic is those 30 years old and older; more than 20 million pieces of content (Web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared each month; more than 2 million events are created each month; more than 20 million active user groups exist on the site; more than 35 translations are available on the site, with more than 60 in development; and more than 70% of Facebook users are outside the U.S. That’s a lot of knowledge—and certainly some stupidity—all in one place.

Because of its high potential benefit, Control Engineering created its own Facebook group—“Automation & Control”—and we would love for you to be a part of it. All you have to do to join is create a Facebook page (if you don’t already have one) and use this direct link www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=0&gid=43844364233 . Please be aware that there is another “Automation & Control” group on Facebook that is not connected to Control Engineering . To be sure you’re in the right place. Make sure you see the Control Engineering logo on the group’s home page and see me as the “admin.”

See you on Facebook.

david.greenfield@reedbusiness.com





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