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So much about innovation is changing. Globalization, increased need for speed to market, increased costs, mobile workforce, and maybe most importantly the proliferation of the Internet and online collaborative tools. I think O’Reilly’s quote sums it up nicely.

“The central principle behind the success of the giants born in the Web 1.0 era who have survived to lead the Web 2.0 era appears to be this, that they have embraced the power of the web to harness collective intelligence.”

O’Reilly, 2005

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I ran across this new saying at a panel discussion I was on regarding teaching with technology. Got me thinking. Has Google replaced thinking? Has Twitter replaced speaking?

I don’t think so. I think it’s more a comment on the impact the Internet and social media is having on our culture. Both positive and negative. We now have new ways of learning about new topics and verifying facts.

But with all the user generated content on the web, how do we ensure the accuracy of what we’re reading? Studies on Wikipedia have shown it is as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica. But what about other sources? Do sites referenced by a Google search provide us with accurate information?

There used to also be another saying, “If it’s printed in the newspaper it must be true.” Is society transferring that (potentially unknowingly) to the Internet?

Once it’s out there, it’s out there.

“The Internet is Velcro in a lint world.


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The Internet never forgets…

“I’m rubber and you’re glue.  Anything you say bounces off of me but sticks forever in cyberspace.

­Good advice back in 1999 that’s still relevant today.

“Companies that don’t realize their markets are now networked person-to-person, getting smarter as a result and deeply joined in conversation are missing their best opportunity.”

The Cluetrain Manifesto

This quote reminds me that in so many ways marketers are losing control, but at the same tine gaining so much more in terms or understanding what our buyers want.

“Consumers are in the midst of a conversation that isn’t ours.  The race is on to grow ears to learn what they are saying.”­

John Hayes
CMO, American Express

Why I love the Internet.  (Case in point – posting random thoughts just like this.  Hummm, let’s see what’s going on on Twitter.)

“The beauty of the Internet is that when I want to avoid doing work, I don’t even have to get up to find a distraction.”


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