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Beware of social media experts

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2011 by

beware of social media experts

Now that social media is reaching its popularity peak, the market is flooded with so-called “experts” and “guru’s”.

I always wondered why people would call themself “expert” or “guru”..

I played with social media since 2006. For the past two years, much of my work involved social media. For the past year, I have done little but social media.
While I might know a bit more than the average Joe-in-the-street, I can’t call myself an “expert”, leave alone “guru”.

The more I work in social media, the more I realize what there is to learn. The longer I am involved in social media, the more tools and tricks I discover, and the more I realize how much there is “out there”.

When I give training on social media, I am always amazed about things the trainees come up with. I seem to learn as much as they do.

And yet, the longer I work in social media, the more I am confronted with dudes who pretend to know it all. Often they are closed for input, feedback, or criticsm. Which is a bad sign, as if they don’t want to rock their own foundations of self-confidence. I love people who are able to doubt.

So good people out there, beware of “social media experts”. In a rapid evolving world, as social media is, the more one learns, the more one discovers how much there is to know.



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3 Comments to “Beware of social media experts”

  1. Thanh Tung | TechGru says:

    I agree. Actually, i still don’t know people call a person Social Media expert according to the success of his projects or the time he/she joins Social media channels. But one thing i know that we always have to train ourselft by learning !

  2. Ancient Art says:

    You most definitely have made this blog into something thats eye opening and important

  3. Tom says:

    I have been saying the same thing lately. My growing interest in social media has developed because of the fact that there are supposed ‘experts’ in a field that I have yet to see continued success. Some things are done well, but nobody seems to have it all or even mostly right. It also seems that many of the supposed ‘experts’ or ‘gurus’ have declared the titles themselves.

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