We think the answer is an emphatic, “No!” (See Bill Sheridan’s interview with Rick Telberg.)
And we think that is the wrong question. The right question is, how can we harness the power of these new, mostly free tools to help us as CPA professionals?
That is why we had a special four-hour session at the MACPA’s Beach Retreat in Ocean City, Md. (Here is a copy of my presentation and pictures.) This post is for the brave participants who wanted to go deeper into the tools and how they might use them (and for all of you who are starting to think about this phenomena a bit more).
Here is how to get started:
- Educate yourself. Use our free, online, self-directed learning program for social media (15 minutes a day for 35 exercises) — www.cpalearning2.com.
- Create your digital footprint. Create profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google.
- Start listening. Use Google Reader or Bloglines to begin reading thought leaders in your profession or areas of interest. (See Week 6 on RSS and newsreaders.)
- Continue listening. Create your Twitter account and follow your profession and areas of interest. (See Thing 18 and follow us on Twitter — MACPA, Bill Shreidan, Tom Hood.)
- Start publishing! Create a blog (Typepad, Blogger. Tumblr) and record your thoughts. (See Week 2: Create your blog.)
- Share. Recognize and promote the people you find interesting. Remember to be authentic, show some of your personality, and provide value first and foremost.
Want more? Join us for the MACPA’s Technology Conference and AccountingWeb Live on Sept. 13-14, where you can lear about social media and mingle with the AccountingWeb bloggers’ crew.
Some resources to get you started:
Join our MACPA online communities:
- MACPA Facebook group
- Business Learning Institute (BLI) group
- MACPA LinkedIn group
- Coming soon: iMACPA — a community platform specifically for MACPA members
Read our blogs:
Our Twitter lists:
- The Corporate Blogging Book, by Debbie Weil. (She was our blog coach who got us started! www.twitter.com/debbieweil)
- Crush It!, by Gary Vaynerchuk (www.twitter.com/garyvee)
- The Power of Social Networking: Using the Whuffie Factor, by Tara Hunt (www.twitter.com/missrogue)
- Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love (FastCompany)
- How Twitter Can Make You a Better (and Happier) Person (Tony Hsieh, Zappos)
- HBR article: Empowered (from Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler)
- My interview with the Journal of Accountancy
- How to Leverage Social Networking (from the Journal of Accoutancy)
Sample social media policy for CPAs: