18 June 2009

Not Turkey AGAIN!

When I was 5 years old, I went to a small elementary school that, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, provided a full turkey meal with all the trimmings for the students. That year, we had the traditional Thanksgiving with my mom's side of the family at my aunt & uncle's place on the day. Friday, we ate turkey leftovers. Saturday, my dad's brother flew into town from Kentucky, just in time for the start of deer season. So we had another full Thanksgiving meal with Dad's side of the family Saturday night. Sunday, when we got home from church, I asked my mom what we were having for dinner. She responded, "Turkey," and I promptly burst into tears. She made me a peanut butter sandwich instead, and it was the best sandwich of my life.

So what does this have to do with social media and/or associations?

I went to the social media idea swap at ASAE earlier this week. And I'm really tired of turkey and still waiting for my PB&J.

Why is it always so damn basic? I feel like a broken record. I'm even getting tired of my own socmed schtick. Which means y'all must be about ready to kill yourselves.

This was promoted as a "you're doing it - now what?" session, aka not remedial social media (for the 9,000th time). And yet, sure enough, there were people there who didn't know the difference between Facebook and Twitter. Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking them - everyone has to start somewhere. But where are the forums for those of us who don't need or want to go through, "This is a blog. This is a wiki. Has anyone ever heard of Twitter?" one more time? Although I think "mostly muffins" might be my new favorite phrase.

Honestly, the most useful thing, and again, this is not meant as a knock on anyone in the room or ASAE, was hearing about the 2 day social media workshop ASAE has planned for November. Think it will go beyond the basics? I sure hope so...


5 comments:

Maddie Grant said...

That would be Buzz2009.... :) Exactly why we decided to plan it, to give association folks tired of the 101 some 202 to chew on!

Maddie Grant said...

Oh and just FYI the ASAE socmed workshop is also very 101, from what I hear.

Deirdre Reid said...

According to the ASAE events page for the Social Media Conference, it is basic level - http://bit.ly/eyQF1.

@bkmcae >> Ben Martin, CAE said...

ASMAS FTW

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Scott Oser posted a really thoughtful comment on this over at A List Bloggers that includes the suggestions of tracking events and of crowdsourcing the ASAE SocMed workshop this fall (GREAT ideas, Scott). Check it out at http://www.alistbloggers.org/?p=6485&dsq=11557398#comment-11557398