Hey Tom, as an early-wave Xer (born in ’63), a mar-com professional and a social media/community engagement type of gal who has worked with a number of Millennials, I’d say, to start, it’s the Xers who are the social media experts. Millennials use tools to connect with their PEERS because they are a peer-oriented generation with an incredible sense of team and “we.” But “social media whizzes?” Hardly. To be a whiz, one would need to understand long-tail markets, be an excellent communicator and always be looking for the right angle to get in to the cracks and crevices: that’s GenX, hands down. It doesn’t mean some Millennials can’t be/won’t be/aren’t already whizzes, but when it comes to which gen has the natural knack for marketing with a personal sense of style, that’s GenXers.
But, since you’ve brought up the topic, I’d like to offer you something. I’m currently working with Neil Howe, who crafted with his co-author William Strauss, the term “Millennials” back in the day when the gen was but a bunch of kids, at the high end, in their early teen years. He’s recently written a book called, Millennials in the Workforce. (So recent, actually that the press release hasn’t gone out over the wire yet.) If you’re interested in writing a review of the book (no requirement that it be glowing), I can hook you up with a copy. It sells for $55 and it’s not just another I-wanna-be-a-guru-too book. It’s a fer realz look at the newest generation to rise into young adulthood, how that impacts the workforce, companies and our culture. Info about the book here.
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Great comments, btw. Nice to see a good conversation going on about this topic.