In the past decade, the word “friend” became a verb, the word “like” became a noun, and “tweet” became more than a birdsong.
Social technology--originally designed for communication between college co-eds--has since brought down governments in Egypt and Tunisia. Thomas Payne would have been proud.
We are outrageously connected. Today, the average American has roughly 600 online and offline relationships (ironically, our number of “close friends” has remained relatively unchanged at 2.16. And yes, the 0.16 is the one who still owes you money.)
As a result of our hyper-connectivity, we are fast-moving from what management scholar Peter Drucker called the knowledge economy to a social economy. The line is quickly blurring between the value of what we know and who we know. This then begs the question: which is more important? Is it more valuable to have the answer? Or is it more valuable to know who has the answer?