Keep Calm and Carry on – The DA Debate

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I must take responsibility for asking the question re the DA’s use of Social Media.

The responses have been very interesting. The DA has retreated behind the laager. Other Bloggers have taken up the debate, and comments on blogs are flying some very good others very emotional. See for examples Nic’s blog and on Vincent’s blog. We don’t all agree on stuff and that’s great because its healthy, but really none of the  “social media experts”  are all so far up our own arses to quote Nic as he thinks. Maybe in fact they are interested and critical learners.

What happens if the DA attempt at Social Media is great opportunity for a debate, what if it’s high profile and right in front of us happening every day and something we can all watch.

Maybe all the people who have tried to turn it into a personal thing should just take a huge step back and debate the issues, learning from what is happening so that we move forward with a greater knowledge than what we had before.

Maybe we can use the debate to educate and alert the market.

Maybe we should watch and analyse every move, not for the sake of democracy, or politics or personal self interest but because out of debate comes learning.

There are very few Social Media experts in the world and those who think that they “know it all” are delusional. Those who question are not insecure as one commentator puts it but the opposite secure enough to know that there is a lot to learn.

Looking forward to the debate and looking forward to the Case Study that’s coming out of this and by the way interesting reading on Getting Social Media from top blog Mashable to be found at the link.

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Posted on February 23, 2009 at 10:54 am by Walter Pike · Permalink
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  • http://www.mediavision.uk.com Brett Pringle

    It's great to see people in the SM market speak out companies or as you have been mentioning for sometime – the political use – of social media and provide insights and tips for those using the platforms.

    However, as you've noticed, some folks tend to take things alittle personally and get emotional about the “criticism” or feedback they get. With our local politics most things are heavily emotional and we see that all the time reading the papers on how our parties lash out at each other, etc.

    I agree 100% with you, that the debate is more the strategy than getting involved in the political side as that is not the intention. I would think that people pointing out areas that can be improved should be taken into consideration, hey, they are making use of social media, you have given the masses the opportunity to comment, critique, etc. If people do not want that type of feedback, then they should not be on social networks. As you said “If you are to play in the social network world you have to put them in charge and accept that they are”

    Did you ever get access to their “hidden” community for the response to your posts and comments made?

  • http://stii.co.za Stii

    I disagree with this: “you have given the masses the opportunity to comment, critique, etc. If people do not want that type of feedback, then they should not be on social networks.” You always had the opportunity to comment, critique, etc. No one prohibited you to do it. Why now that they've started a closed social network for their supporters is everyone's tongues tied all of a sudden? If you're THAT interested to hear what they have to say, join the SN and find out. You joined Facebook for similar reasons right? Why not this one?

    “If you are to play in the social network world you have to put them in charge and accept that they are” – HUH?! Who the hell said that?! Just who's social network are we talking about here? The DA's? Well now, then it is their choice who and what they want to do and how, not true? If they joined a public network like Facebook it's a different story.

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    The social media report is a great read thank you.

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