The power of the internet continues to increase at lighting speed (in some ways faster than the speed of light). Most recently Simon Cowell discovered this phenomena in England. Each year, it is a big deal in Britain to have the song that tops the charts during Christmas week. This year John Morter started a grassroots Facebook campaign in a protest effort to stop Cowell's empire from dominating the music industry. And it worked. Here is the link to the complete story: Rage Against the Machine
It doesn't matter how you feel, or what the old rules say, social media's impact is difficult, if not impossible, to control because everyone who has access to a computer, linked to the internet, can make a statement that will take on a life of its own if enough people agree with you to comment, repost, retweet, distribute on social media sites like Facebook, et al.
In October, I wrote about a discussion that had started on LinkedIn's Executive Suite group (see earlier post). Two months later, that discussion continues at 575+...somewhat similar to the John Morter Facebook grassroots campaign.
It is exciting to be a part of this new era of shared information. Old rules are falling away and new rules have yet to be written. Buckle in for the information ride of your life...because all data is linked.