Breaking the geek image

Last night I went to the second NFPtweetup, organised by Rachel Beer. There was informal chat, a more formal sharing of slides we had submitted, and then some directed discussions on what Twitter means to the voluntary sector.

What strikes me most about these sorts of events is how normal we all are. (Of course, I may not be the best judge of that.) We are not a clique of socially inept geeks: instead – as I’ve said elsewhere – we are enthusiastic individuals who use social media to support rather than replace our social and professional lives.

But it can be hard to break the geek image, or to convince people that there’s any professional value in social media (and particularly Twitter). Therefore, inspired by someone at last night’s event, I’m going to try gently introducing colleagues to the microblogging platform Yammer (which is like Twitter but for organisations).

So let’s see if I can help break the geek label once and for all; or failing that, to turn other people into geeks too.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

2 thoughts on “Breaking the geek image

  1. I also attended the ‘Tweet Up’ last week and was very apprehensive about just what it would entail. However like yourself would have to agree it was not (quite) the geek fest I was expecting.

    Twitter is becoming more and more in the public domain with not only celebrities endorsing it (cue Stephen Fry and Lily Allen as Twitter afficiandos) , but the wider community is starting to accept it as a fun and efficient way to network with peers, the likeminded and the equally geeky… So much so the Guardian Travel suuplement on Saturday were even using it to get travel tips for readers.

    Seems Twitter is here to stay and is growing day by day and not just by the techies and the geeks. As someone at the Tweet Up mentioned last week, charities are the first to be opportunistic about things due to a lack of resources and funding. Sure enough it is charities leading the way with Twitter and are really starting to reap the benefits.

    [Dear me … never though I would blog let alone blog about social media – it really is taking over !]

  2. Actually I would have to disagree a little – I think Twitter is for geeks but what it has proven is that there are a myriad of geeks in the world. People who are geeks about politics, pop, travel, social media, clothes, whatever can all find a network of interest on Twitter and that is fantastic! long live the geeks I say!

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