I'll be going along to the BIMA debate on Facebook in October. Everyone who's everyone in London's social media scene is there. For more info look it up on Facebook or on the BIMA site. Worth coming along to for people at any level I think.
Here's what the event's Facebook page says:
There has been a great debate taking place over the past couple of months. Facebook has been discussed by just about everyone with a blog and many of the mainstream publications. BIMA (British Interactive Media Association) would now like to host a face to face debate, taking the conversation offline.
Confirmed speakers so far
- Hugh MacLeod
- Michael Nutley
- Damien Mulley
- Robert Loch
Some of the views expressed so far include:
1) It's like AOL with a 'walled garden'
2) It's a black whole because it's easy to import information from other sources, but I'm unable to get my information out
3) It flies in the face of open standards
4) It reduces employee's productivity
5) It's the next Google with lots of trusted people recommending content that's approproate for me
6) It helps me to communicate with people more easily
7) It encourages me to communicate more often, helping me to build stronger relationships with people and organisations
8) It helps me to raise awareness for my products, services, events or brand.