Should government use Twitter? Can you really say ANYTHING in 140 characters? Facebook, how can that be a business tool? It’s for college kids to share stories and pictures about their drunken exploits. And blogs? Well, who cares what I have to say?!? (spoken from the perspective of potential government bloggers)
Here’s some more FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt for the acronym challenged):
* Social media is insecure!
* What a time waster!
* I know my employees are going to say something they shouldn’t!
* Eh, this technology is for kids, mine use it at home every day.
* I can’t be bothered to learn yet another technology
Ok, so, I’m sure you get the point. Anytime something new comes along, there will be those who will do all they can to put up road blocks. It is a common response from some people when facing something unfamiliar. However, on the flip side, there are the innovators and early adopters to balance the FUD with hype. It’s this community of people who typically believe so deeply in a particular idea that they tend to see it as an answer to all things! Of course, over time, as a new idea becomes more acceptable and adopted for use by a larger population, the fear begins to minimize along with the hype.