Allison Primack replied to the topic Should Every Social Media Manager Be Under 25? in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 8 years, 10 months ago
This topic produced a heated discussion on GovLoop’s Facebook – here’s what they had to say:
Michael Bertoldi Absolutely not. I’m 29. I was on Facebook in college when it came out and was only for college kids. I was on Twitter before it went mainstream. I’ve been around for the emergence of social media and have seen it evolve into what it is today. Plus, a foundation in traditional advertising/marketing/PR is good for social media. You need to know what you’re trying to accomplish with these new tools, not just how to post an update. Can someone under 25 do this? Sure. Should they be the only ones doing it? No.
Trish Bachman What? Is anyone really going to argue for this?
Teresa Adcox No, I’m 46 and love participating in and learning new technologies.
Martha Garvey Sorry folks, I think any question that involves “every” and “social media”…just doesn’t work. I read the original essay a while ago. I understand why she thinks the way she does. Regardless, EVERYBODY in social media should go through a “history of the Internet” course. Community on the Internet has been around as long as the Internet. It’s not her age that bothers me–it’s her lack of history.
Trish Bachman Oy vey. Ms. Sloane would have been well advised to pay more attention to her writing techniques – she immediately loses credibility with the first awkward stumble. She may also want to take a trip to her library and read more about scholarly materials demography and generations, rather than just relying on her own opinions, especially if this is a topic of interest for her academically and/or professionally. Cheers to her for getting her work out there, but I fear she’s done more harm than good for her newly budding reputation.
Trish Bachman *read more scholarly materials about
Deborah Johnson This 50-YO finds the question sort of…questionable. Framing up for some age discrimination? Do you think I can’t possibly learn anything new at this age?
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