Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Engineering Pop Culture!

Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 3 / 3
Brian Fuller2
User Rank
Author
re: Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
Brian Fuller2   2/24/2011 8:07:04 PM
NO RATINGS
Duane, couldn't agree more. Sometimes I call that the engineering paradox (that hardware guys lag the software guys in adoption). The software guys are in many ways responsible for the user experience, so they have to be involved. And to your point, hardware guys are early adopters in other areas (I'm thinking back to the EV-1 electric car and the all the engineers who had early versions and hacked into their computers for fun.

Duane Benson
User Rank
Author
re: Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
Duane Benson   2/24/2011 4:51:35 PM
NO RATINGS
My hypothesis is that it's not that Engineers are not compatible with social media, but that hardware engineers are about half a decade behind the rest of the world in this respect. It's important to differentiate between hardware and software. Many software folks have been living on the Internet for a very long time. Most electrical engineering types that I've known over the years are fine being early adopters, provided the technology being adopted has a high usefulness to time-wasting ratio. Certainly there are aspects of the Internet that meet that criteria and are embedded into the lives of just about every EE. Digikey has been on the leading edge of the Internet and has always been far more function than form. Amazon and many of the other online retailers make many life tasks quick and easy. The biggest problem that I've seen with much of social media is in its roots. So much of it started with the non-technical youth set or was over-hyped by high-ego'd promoters. That is changing now though. The 555 contest is a good example. Last year, electronics folks really didn't spend much time with social media. Next year, we won't remember that social media ever didn't exist.

yalanand
User Rank
Author
re: Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
yalanand   2/24/2011 2:01:48 PM
NO RATINGS
Brian Fuller, Thanks for the article, because of this article I came across some pretty cool sites. Thanks again.

Luis Sanchez
User Rank
Author
re: Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
Luis Sanchez   2/23/2011 10:06:23 PM
NO RATINGS
That's right... social media is catching up with us engineers. But I think the reason why is that being sit in front of a computer screen removes a part of the social interaction and thus makes us think we're still working and doing some engineering stuff. And the fact that the internet allow it to address a broader audience makes us think of it like an OpAmp amplifier doesn't it? Social Engineering perhaps :-)

lcovey
User Rank
Author
re: Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
lcovey   2/23/2011 2:33:45 AM
NO RATINGS
Brian, this is the definitive commentary on the subject. Well Done.

<<   <   Page 3 / 3
More Blogs from Engineering Pop Culture!
The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Everyone loves the coolest new electronic gadget. Here's the list of the most popular ideas that showed up on Kickstarter this year.
Self/less (the opposite of Selfish) is a new movie by Gramercy Pictures in which a dying "Damian"--played by Ben Kingsley--transfers his memories into the body of actor Ryan Reynolds.
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
EE Times bids farewell to the actor who inspired many to become engineers and scientists.
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week