From Some Social Thoughts:
Remember that as a source of information, social media should be considered as just another source. Information that you find should be verified and validated, just as you would information from mainstream media. As far as social technologies go, don’t wait to long to embrace them. Social is rapidly causing a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and share knowledge, and discover and navigate information. The sooner you begin to build your network, and communicate with your customers, the better off you will be positioned as adoption and usage of these technologies and networks continues to explode.
I totally agree. I also think that there is an opportunity for tools and services. How do you verify/validate the information?
- Check the source (of the original post) – an obvious one
- Look at their typical biases – pretty easy to do with a simple word/phrase cloud of their posts (more about this in another post)
- Check the information from an independent source (more difficult when we are living in an echo chamber)
Do you know of any social media tools that can help you do this easily?