Perspective Needed When Using the Title “Web 2.0 Expert”
By user769227 on Jun 12, 2009
Apologies for not posting over the past few weeks I think I have been suffering a case of writer's block recently. I have drifted through many ideas but have not been able to get them from pen to paper.
One of the things that has been in the back of my head for a little while is the increasing use of the word "Expert". To me being an expert in something is not only knowing your topic inside and out and living and breathing it, but also being closer to being more of an innovator than a follower.
With the increased use of Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Networking Tools, I am finding new "Web 2.0 Experts" coming up from the wood-works every day. Web 2.0 Technologies has certainly been one of the buzz words of 2008/2009. In fact just the other day the term Web 2.0 became the millionth english word. I see many people who call themselves Web 2.0 experts and think what is it exactly that quantifies them to be "Web 2.0 experts". To some people it just means having a LinkedIn or Twitter Account or being able to do a Boolean Search while to others the term expert means much more.
Web 2.0 Technologies are a part of business these days just like the phone or email (for however much longer email will live in its current format, that though is a whole new blog entry) which are normal tools of trade.
I think the title "Web 2.0 Expert" is more self promotion than anything else. If you are using this technology as part of your normal working day then I am not sure this would classify you as an "expert", it is synonomous with being a phone expert or an email expert (I do not see many people promoting themselves as phone/email experts).
If you created Twitter, Facebook, etc [insert Technology or Social Networking App here], did something new and innovative or were instrumental in seeing something come to fruition that I would think is closer to being a "Web 2.0 Expert".
Web 2.0 Technology and the use of it is very exciting and it is easy to get caught up in it, however before calling yourself an expert think of where on the spectrum you fit, how close to being an innovator are you? I was speaking to one of my colleagues today and I think she stated very nicely - "I am not a Web 2.0 Expert I am a Web 2.0 Enthusiast", which is think sums up what many of us are.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Send in or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org - What do you think a "Web 2.0 Expert" is?