In 2010, my colleague Karen Field floated a question or two about engineers and social media
. Your reaction was, shall we say, strong.
In the intervening years, social media adoption among the masses has continued to grow. And just when you think the landscape has settled down, something like Pinterest comes along, prompting the big boys like Facebook and Google to alter their designs and tactics.
Engineers have tended to be trailing-edge adopters of digital and social media, even though your designs have enabled the technology. (I wrote a 2009 piece for EDN exploring this dynamic
So what's the situation now
- Are you finding social media useful in your work as an engineer?
- Could you care less?
- Is it becoming a frustrating distraction at work?
- Has it become a valuable channel for you to increase your productivity and technical knowledge?
Please take 3-5 minutes to fill out our latest social-media survey
to give us a sense for how this technology is evolving in the engineering world. And in the comments field below, let us know your general impressions. Don't be shy--as if I had to ask!
Here's an embedded version of the survey below, or you can click on this link to take the survey on a dedicated page