#CIPD12 Social isn’t new and it’s not about technology

I’ve bumped into quite a number of HR people at this conference who have said

I’m not technical, I’m more of a people person, so I don’t do Twitter/read blogs/do online HR stuff.

If you are of that opinion I guess you aren’t reading this blog.  But just in case, here’s why I think that you have misjudged things.  I’d love to change your mind.

Imagine we were living at the time when printing on paper started to become mainstream.  I bet there were people saying

I’m not a paper person, I don’t do this ‘reading’ thing.  I prefer to talk to people, I’m more of a people person.

But that new technology of paper did ok, didn’t it.

This morning I’ve been listening to Stuart Crabb from Facebook.  (Which was awesome and I’ll try to write about it later).  Stuart began with the the simple point that people have been sharing stories in a social way ever since our predecessors started painting pictures on cave walls.

Therefore, I think that the statement ‘I’m not technical’ is missing the point. Using Twitter, or blogs or Facebook or whatever, is simply enables us to

  • meet other people
  • share stories
  • learn from other people
  • make friendships
  • spread ideas
  • inspire people

This is about people.  Not technology.

3 thoughts on “#CIPD12 Social isn’t new and it’s not about technology

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