As you may have seen in the news recently, Time Magazine has named “You” as the Person of the Year.
“But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes. The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It’s not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it’s really a revolution.”
I could not have asked for a better summary of what my experience at the Social Media Club Phoenix meeting in December was like. The primary objective of the club is to continually explore the ways in which new internet technologies, particularly those wrapped up into the “Web 2.0” label, are changing the way we can connect, interact, influence, and inform one another.
If you are in the Phoenix area, or one of the cities where the Social Media Club is meeting, I highly encourage you to attend an event. Even if you’re not near a meeting though, check out their website and do some research on what is going on in the internet world. Reality is changing in really interesting ways, and understanding them can be a powerful asset.