Questions for my readers...

Join my community, join my network, endorse me, follow me, like me, tweet me, comment on my picture! While it can all sound a little bit self-indulgent and attention seeking, social media seems to be the future.

It is a forum for those that are extremely proactive and have interesting things to share, and those with far too much time on their hands.

Twitter is short and concise, 140 characters max. No problem. But that is just the surface. You have to monitor it which can be a full time job. Replying, following, retweeting... it takes continuous effort to keep it working. And it can be so fleeting and easy to miss the good stuff. Blink and it's gone; useful tweets replaced with trivial ones.

And, does it actually mean anything if I have 20,000 followers or none at all? Does it make me or the company more valuable or easier to do business with? Or does it show that procrastination is somewhat of a forte?

I know there must be something there, but I'm not quite sure what. And I'm not sure anyone else knows either. Just how do engineers and industry actually turn this in to some kind of added value rather than just a giant forum of chat?

For those that do have time to tweet, let me know your thoughts @TheEngineerHack. Does social media have a place in engineering and your business? Do you use it to find stories, articles or even answers to a problem? How many of your colleagues actually bother to have Twitter accounts and keep them updated regularly? Is it for work, social or both? Is it purely a communication tool or can it be used commercially?

I realise I've probably asked you far more questions than you can possibly answer in a single tweet so you can always use that old fashioned medium of email. But please, no phone calls - so passé. Just joking of course.

Justin Cunningham

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