As we are all more than aware, there is great upheaval taking place in Iran. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools (collectively the “new” new media) have provided a conduit for real-time news and information that organizations like CNN (the old media – even when considering CNN.com) have not been able to match. The twitterverse has been filled with tweets about the Iranian situation and CNN’s coverage thereof followed by the hashtag “#FAIL” since CNN has not kept pace with the story.
Clay Shirky delivered a TED Talk at the U.S. State Department this month (June 2009) about the impact of social media on the dissemination of information. He discusses how “Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.”This video showcases how these tools are fundamentally changing the way we communicate as a society. It is absolutely worth watching.
As you watch Clay discuss the impact of these tools on the global stage, think about these open questions on a more local HR level: How do we share information about employers? How do we engage with employer brands? How do we leverage these tools not only for attraction, but also for retention? How do we identify and empower our internal and external brand evangelists?
In NO WAY do I wish to diminish the severity of the events in Iran. The questions I raise above are about the impact of social media and the fundamental shift in the way we communicate on every level.
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