I did a presentation at “Medievaner 07”, Aker Brygge, Oslo 20. september 2007. My presentation was called “What’s hot, what’s next and why?” (lol).
Connected changes everything
My main point is this: Young people today are connected with so many people through different channels, that disconnecting their network would be almost like cutting off an arm. Their network is bigger than their parents, it’s more diverse, it’s more advanced and most important of all: It’s amazingly fast.
Young people using IM, Facebook, del.icio.us, Flickr etc. find their answers in their networks. If I have a problem, I pose it to my network, and I get answers, links, suggestions and clues back, and the quality is top notch.
If you don’t realize this, you lose. It’s playing a game where you think the other team has 11 players, but it has infact 2 200 players. If you’re not convinced, type “Oyvind says being connected changes the world just as much as rock’n roll did” in your calender – say – 10 years from now.
Also: Chime out in the comments below! I’d love to hear why you think this is wrong, stupid, thoughtful or brilliant. My contact data is to the right if you think this is interesting for your company or organisation.
Here’s my presentation, hosted at slideshare.net. You can download it as a pdf at the page at slideshare.
Norwegian media magazine Kampanje has an online article today called “Facebook-hypen er ikke over”:
– Jeg mener de sosiale nettverksamfunnene på internett er den største sosiale og kulturelle endringen i vårt samfunn siden rockens inntog, sier Solstad.
Also check out this long and interesting read at InformationWeek.com, called “Social Networking: A Time Waster Or The Next Big Thing In Collaboration?”
The trick for businesspeople interested in using social networks and for IT departments that need to monitor and manage access to them is to steer clear of the time-wasting stuff while leveraging the collaborative potential.
Teens and undergrads started the social networking trend; now business professionals and IT pros are coming up to speed. The pitfalls are obvious and mostly avoidable, while the benefits remain largely unexplored by most companies. Curious to know more? Knowledgeable peers are only a few clicks away.
They certainly are. Check out what happened to me this morning (in Norwegian).