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Social media for engineers: good or garbage?

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tb1
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tb1   12/23/2010 9:08:53 PM
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It is too public to be of use for personal conversations (except, I guess, for extremely public people like actors or musicians), and too text-constrained to be of much use for group conversations (for example, almost none of the posts here would fit in a Twitter post). But it has its uses. I like it to keep track about new products/services. Instead of going to all these companies' websites and trying to track down their press release links, I can just follow the company. Then every so often I'll connect to Twitter and browse what the various companies are up to. For this purpose the character limitation is a strength--browsing is faster If there's anything interesting I can click the accompanying link.

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John McGehee   12/23/2010 6:52:45 PM
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After two consulting clients mentioned that they thought Twitter was a waste of time, I concluded that for business reasons I must NOT use it--I cannot be seen as a waster of time. One of the most important features of social media is the web of trust--you can believe the speaker if you trust that person's friends. Twitter lacks this so it's like press releases. Nobody believes them.

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codemgr   12/23/2010 1:17:08 PM
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never tweeted, never will. have a facebook account but never use it, "who cares if you just ate lunch" whats the point? I do have a linked in account, but mostly professional contacts, again it collects links but so far has brought no additional value. 15 years ago, i could wait for someone to invent a device that replaced, my pager, cell phone, palm pilot and franklin planner. Now its finally here, Thanks to some very smart engineers!

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SiliconCowboy_#1   12/15/2010 8:11:46 PM
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It's all in the perspective I guess. I'm sure the engineers at Facebook and Twitter would consider EDA a monumental waste of time, too. ; )

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skranish   12/9/2010 5:47:09 AM
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Social media does have a use after all. I complained to TI about specific problems with their awful CCS tools. I was told to check their e2e forum for 'solutions'. My first search turned up an entry from SOMEONE else complaining about the same issues.. from TWO YEARS ago. So.. the use is as a sanity check: No, it is not me, other people think these products and tools are crap, too!

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paulborg   12/9/2010 12:15:58 AM
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There's a reason it's called twitter - it's made for twits.

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KB3001   12/8/2010 7:43:52 PM
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Well, we do not hate social media, we hate wasting time. We do use social media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, even Facebook) when it's needed, which is not that often, since we are busy solving problems.

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theCemal   12/8/2010 11:20:14 AM
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I think there are too many thoughts in social media, because I can not hear my thoughts while I am following social media. (inspired by Homer Simpson :)

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Sheetal.Pandey   12/7/2010 10:00:10 PM
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Yes it would be great if there is some social media site for engineers. Facebook and twiteer are there but they are more of social networking. For engineers there are many blogs but there are no big unique sites. I guess if some initiative is taken at college level it would work out.

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ChrisGammell   12/6/2010 2:11:57 PM
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I use it daily to keep up with others and to communicate with people about my radio show. I find that the hobbyist community has a much better grasp on it than the average industry engineer, but that is likely the age gap right now. There's uptake, but it's slow. I will say we could use a few more engineers on there. @Chris_Gammell http://theamphour.com

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