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Every 60 seconds on the Internet & seeing around corners

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There are three kinds of death in this world.  There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network – Guy Almes

The graphic above has been posted to many sites.

As interesting as this is, what would be more interesting if we knew the growth rate of these things.  The above is a snapshot in time – from about June of 2011.  But, as a snapshot in time, it’s already obsolete.  If we could only have a sort of “flip-book” of these graphics and see the changes in the Internet over time.  If we did, then that would only be a view of the past – what good is that?  Can we infer the future from the past?

Did the post office think they would have a linear future?  How about booksellers, video stores, travel agents, newspapers, or the 100 or so other industries that found their business model disrupted by changes in technology and culture?  The age of long-term strategic planning is gone – the future is discontinuous, emergent, and non linear.  Those who will be successful will need to see around corners.

What about global communications?  How has this changed and who could have predicted it?  In 60 seconds on the Internet …

  •         Facebook – 695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments are published
  •         E-mail – 168,000,000+ emails are sent
  •         Twitter – 320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated
  •         Tumblr – 20,000 new posts are published on the micro-blogging platform Tumblr
  •         LinkedIn – 100 accounts are created on professional networking site LinkedIn
  •         Skype – 370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users

Alvin Toffler got it right

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn  – Alvin Toffler

View a related post – https://frrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/amateur-radio-when-all-else-fails/

Social media demographics – https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/socialmediademographics.jpg

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Written by frrl

December 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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