Where We Are Now
The more time we spend online, the more we are able to connect with one another to grow our individual and corporate brands. We can now collaborate in ways that existed never before. For example, the Read & Trust network shows how writers are banding together to help raise awareness for their individual work while building a business model.
So what’s next?
Building communities and creating tighter networks will remain goals in 2012. Google circles, Triberr and others embrace these ideas, but to take these efforts to the next level, we must do things that
Facebook is rolling out “sponsored stories” or posts that will appear in your newsfeed in the coming days. Though advertising on Facebook is not a new concept, adding paid content to your newsfeed can change the way users feel about Facebook. Users are comfortable hiding annoying co-workers or classmate’s posts, but uncontrollable advertisements might be a breaking point for those who use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and relatives. Will this impact how you use Facebook as an individual? As an organization will you advertise on Facebook?
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” ~ James Allen
Each year, Edge.org submits a profound question to cultural and scientific visionaries. More than 168 essays were collected in response to the question, “How is the Internet changing the way you think?” Responses ranged from odd and tongue-in-cheek to thought provoking. The Atlantic Wire highlighted some of the more piquant answers. “Language is Technology, Too” is one of the more fascinating. Below is an Atlantic Wire excerpt:
Language is a Technology, Too, quotes Stanford psychologist, Lera Boroditsky. Some
iPads are used, of course, to surf the internet, play games, watch videos, and read emails. And with the influx of new apps, iPad is giving parents, teachers, and therapists some innovative tools to assist special needs children and adults. Some new apps help autistic children develop motor skills and social skills. Other apps help stroke victims recover. And while iPads can be prohibitively expensive for some, there are funding sources to help bring the technology to special needs families.
For more information, check out these articles:
Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism
The iPad: a Near-Miracle for