On Tuesday I posted a video by Ron Desi, that described 10 top reasons to ban social media in organisations. It was of course, tongue-in-cheek and many of us had a good laugh. However, Vaughan Waller pointed out in the comments that there were many managers who do think like this and what was needed was a rebuttal of the video.
I put this to my Internet Time Alliance colleagues, and although we have all written about this in some form or other at one time or another, Harold Jarche rose to the challenge and wrote a posting, Ten reasons, in which he provided some evidence rebutting each of the reasons.
Jack Vinson then picked up on Harold's post and wrote one of his own, saying "we have a fun meme for people who are into social media Let's counter those 10 top reasons to ban social media in the organization".
His rules to this game: "create a counter to each of the reasons. Maybe the conversation shouldn't even be about these "reasons to ban" but should come up "reasons to use" social media."
This is a great idea, and I encourage you to take part in by writing a short posting yourself or leaving a comment below, with a brief rebuttal of each of the reasons.
Just to remind you of the reasons (in reverse order) so that you don't have to watch the video again, unless you want to!
- Social media is a fad.
- It's about controlling the message.
- Employees will goof off.
- Social Media is a time waster.
- Social media has no business purpose.
- Employees can't be trusted.
- Don't cave into the demands of the millennials.
- Your teams already share knowledge effectively.
- You'll get viruses.
- Your competition isn't using it, so why should you?
UPDATE 1: I'm compiling the Armoury of responses here.
UPDATE 2: Here are my 10 rebuttals