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on 13 September 2012
Buy this book now. It will be out of date by next Tuesday lunchtime (a fact that several of its authors recognise) having been compiled and written late in 2011 and early 2012. But for now it's a useful guide to social media for PR workers.
The format is of several short chapters, each the equivalent of a 5- to 10-minute speech, highlighting one aspect of the revolution from the point of view of PR professionals. There are few blinding insights, although it's surprisingly light on management-speak and PR gobbledygook, and for the most part is concise and informative.
It doesn't always avoid those pitfalls. Philip Sheldrake's explanation of Web 3.0 is so cursory that one wonders whether he really understands it himself (it's going to be "semantic", apparently), although he is far more lucid when explaining how great other people think he is. Elsewhere, after what seemed a simple enough explanation of PR skills, Daljit Bhurji concluded: "We need to eat our own dog food when it comes to social media," which left me scratching my head and wondering whether I'd understood him after all. Top gobbledygook prize goes to Simon Collister for: "Fully networked 'Join In' non-profits operate as just another node within social media-enabled networks"; a sentence that seems fully leveraged for SEO ecosystem solutions.
The book has been compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, which is as respectable a provenance as you can get in PR, and the fact that it has several authors, all of whom are writing for an editor who understands their business, means that (the above examples aside) there is a welcome lack of Ego-Guru nonsense.
So it's a dry but readily comprehensible reference book; one that most companies should have a look at.