How Twitter and Social Networks Can Make History

ideaEvery once in awhile a video comes along that inspires thought and challenges assumptions.  This video of internet guru Clay Shirky speaking as part of the TED series is no exception.  From the advent of the printing press to modern community platforms, Shirky uses stories from China, Iran, the Obama campaign, and other political uprisings to demonstrate the power of Facebook, text messaging and Twitter to make a real impact.  This is worth the watch.

(Thanks to David Armano for sharing this on Twitter.  Feed subscribers please click through to see the video).

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  • Well Adam, agree the presentation was thought provoking. There’s no doubting the power of social networks and the rapidity with which they can disseminate information.

    The big issue of course is still the N..N communication model this type of infrastructure provides and thrives on.

    From a computing perspective, it is of course taxing when N becomes a large number but from a human perspective, the ability to keep up with let alone distill the information is tough.

    Perhaps ‘sentient’ avatars will help save the day filtering our online personal networks but in the same way false positives in emails hit the bulk mail box, digital filtering – no matter how good the semantics – will have gaping holes.

    It’s a brave new N is to N world and the one who comes up with the best way to put manners on this new wild west of communication will be almost deified from day one!

    All the best,
    Tom

  • Well Adam, agree the presentation was thought provoking. There’s no doubting the power of social networks and the rapidity with which they can disseminate information.

    The big issue of course is still the N..N communication model this type of infrastructure provides and thrives on.

    From a computing perspective, it is of course taxing when N becomes a large number but from a human perspective, the ability to keep up with let alone distill the information is tough.

    Perhaps ‘sentient’ avatars will help save the day filtering our online personal networks but in the same way false positives in emails hit the bulk mail box, digital filtering – no matter how good the semantics – will have gaping holes.

    It’s a brave new N is to N world and the one who comes up with the best way to put manners on this new wild west of communication will be almost deified from day one!

    All the best,
    Tom

  • Great presentation by Clay. Thanks for sharing Adam

  • Great presentation by Clay. Thanks for sharing Adam