Just supposing your bank was perceived to have done something unpopular with the general public and a Twitter campaign began against your institution. When would you know? When an automatic system detects it and automatically escalates it to the right person
for attention? When an employee sees the traffic and lets you know? Or when it appears on National news? How would you respond? Could you respond? What if it happened over the weekend?
Say tweets started circulating concerning your bank's stability. Suddenly you find that you have queues of depositors in your bank looking to withdraw their funds and move to a safer haven. Suddenly you have a run on the bank, and it's no longer just a reputation
issue, it's a survival issue.
How realistic is such a scenario?
The News of the World, a national newspaper in the UK that has run for 168 years and was once the most popular newspaper in the world has been brought to the end of its life. What was fascinating to watch was the part that Twitter postings played in the demise
of the paper. The newspaper's advertisers were sent thousands of tweets from people demanding that they cease to place advertisements in the publication and many of the big names capitulated. It was only a matter of time before the end was inevitable. No doubt
other organisations will suffer the same fate.
Can anyone afford not to have a monitoring system for social media? Be it human or automatic, you really want to know when the number of mentions of your company or products accelerates. If you're lucky, the acceleration will be good news spreading like wildfire.
If you're not so lucky, it may be the growth of a much more unwelcome message. Either way - it probably makes sense to have some kind of strategy to respond. This is not the time to have a load of meetings about what to do or say. The time taken to respond
could be crucial.
I used to think Twitter was fairly frivolous, I mean after all, how can you find anything meaningful to say in such a short sentence. I have changed my mind.