Bolaji--First, thanks for the credit re: "site fatigue." Every once in awhile, the old brain fires on all circuits. :-)
I have an additional thought on why social media resounds with some but not for others, and I think it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I had this conversation during EDS. An engineer is facing a problem he/she can't solve, so he/she sends out a tweet for help. He/she gets 50 responses. Sounds good, right? I don't think so. He/she still has to cull through those 50 responses to find what he/she needs. There is no easy filter to narrow them down. I know hashmarks are supposed to do this, but even those are becoming overwhelming. You might as well Google your problem, you might have better luck.
I think for the purchasing audience, the same rule applies. You send out a search for a part. You get 50 responses. Maybe 50 is good--you have lots to choose from. But do you really comparison shop on 50 sites? Are you going to save much money when the part you are looking for costs less than a cent? You need a filter. You need help selecting the part, not more links to more sites.
I think there is opportunity here for anyone who is willing to be a filter. Not just a random filter: an educated, balanced filter. Ask your audience: What are you trying to accomplish? Then help them do it.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.