A few days ago I published a blog post titled “It Is not about what you know”, and I discussed how I think in today’s ever changing world it is not as important to be able to prove what you have done (know), but it is more important to be able to show that you can adapt and learn fast.
Writing that post made me start to think. I immediately imagined the first day used Facebook, or Twitter, or created my first blog (you get the point). There is always that moment of confusion, and you have no clue how to use this new platform, let alone understand how this could be used in a marketing or PR sense. Then, then it hits you. You finally understand how to navigate around the community, you understand how to interact with people, and you finally understand how you can use this new tool to your advantage and you soon start to think: “how did I manage to survive without this?”
I have been there, and I still go back there. Every time Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network I am on goes through with an update to their platform that panicky feeling starts sinking in. Instead of letting it take control of me though, I start exploring. Before I know it I have figured out exactly what I can and can’t do with the new updates, and also more importantly, how I can use this to my advantage, whether it is for personal purposes or marketing & PR purposes.
That is one of the things I meant when I was talking about adapting and being able to learn – The ability to get past that panicky feeling and instead let your curiosity take over and you start to explore.
Thanks to my passion for social media and the fact that I do feel curious and want to figure out how I can use something, I now, get a huge amount of value from sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube etc.
How do you feel about the social media craze and all the new platforms popping up? Do panic, or do you try to get involved and learn?
Finally, I want to leave you with this video from 1994…