On Social Media – Who is a expert? June 2, 2009Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
Tags: Social Media, tools trend web2.0, Trends
Everybody’s talkin at me about Social Media (SM). I’ve seen all good people with lots of posts and tweets about SM ‘experts’ lately. Tangents to songs come to mind here and a nod to Neilson and Yes; but I digress.
At first, I thought there are experts, are there? Well, now. Bully for them. Then it occurred to me that no, they aren’t. No one is yet. Perhaps, they are farther along the learning curve than others but not an expert (yet). Don’t be fooled by anyone who labels themselves a SM expert – not there yet. In the true sense of community, we are all learning together. We glean tips and tricks from each other, help define what is & is not accepted practice. That’s the fun part about this time, eh? Guiding, shaping and otherwise helping define how we interact and ultimately what are cultural norms. We’re making history. OK, deep breath. Goos-fraba.
I read Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book, ‘Outliers’, a while ago. In it, he defines being an expert via the 10K hour rule. The rule states that to achieve the status of expert in any given topic, it is accepted that you spend 10,000 hours working on a particular skill.
Thus far, there are no Social Media experts because of the time constraint. Do the math. Even if someone spends 3000 hours a year on SM, it would take more than 3 years to reach such expert status.
I’m not an SM expert and neither are you. We may be someday, once we hit 10K hours. In the meantime, we help each other learn, share, agree on many things and dis-agree on others. Willing to listen; happy to discuss.