The anniversary of the Internet; a look back and a leap forward
August 31, 2011
Toronto, August 31, 2011 - Within a single lifetime we invented the television, put a man on the moon, and launched the Internet. A lot has been accomplished in a very short amount of time. Each discovery or invention seems to have taken less time and have a greater impact than the last. It is unlikely that time is speeding up, but its hard to believe that it has been twenty years since the start of the Internet.
From humble beginnings, says Randall Craig, web and social media strategist and author of the Online PR and Social Media series, the Internet has revolutionized the world in no less a transformational way than the industrial revolution a century earlier. Think about what has come into existence since the Internet: eCommerce, eBay, ezines, online newspapers, Wikipedia, iphones, ipads, itunes, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, web banking, Instant Messenger, Hotmail and Monster.com. Hard as it is to believe, Google also didnt exist back then, not even as an idea.
Growing in the workforce are new generations of employees who cannot remember a life before the Internet. Young children are wiping screens with their fingers to change the image. The words rotary dial meet blank looks and quizzical brows. Those who have not yet caught up to change will have a tough time doing so now, but how does one keep up? In this fast-paced world it is important to develop intellectual flexibility, adds Craig, This skill, coupled with curiosity and a willingness to embrace change and not merely accept it, allow you to let go of the old and leave space for the new.
It is impossible to know what the next disruptive force in the market will be, but it is highly likely we will not have to wait a century to see it.
Since 1994, Randall Craig has been advising on web and social media strategy. He is the author of six books including the Online PR and Social Media series. For more information about Randall Craig visit www.RandallCraig.com. To see more from Randall Craig watch his clip The Relationship Curve: http://blip.tv/play/hNUAgrDXEgA.html
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