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Well said Nigel, the globalization aspect of Social Media really is exciting and being able to join the conversation with so many people, on the related/similar subjects is changing the way we work entirely.


I liken this type of idea exchange - whether on blogs, Twitter or LinkedIn - as a type of "salon," or ongoing "breakout groups" after a keynote presentation. It's what we WISH that conferences could be like, but rarely are, because of time limitations. However, conferences allow us to meet F2F once a year or so (or for some of you super-attendees, multiple times during "the season"!) and serve as a launching pad for what we discuss online the rest of the year.

I agree with you, Ray, that the proliferation of social media has changed the power structure, and also the information flow. I mean, how else would I have ever met you?!? The ability for us to connect, share, and bring others into the discussion is invaluable. Some of my new colleagues, with connections made via Twitter and LinkedIn, are among my most cherished sources of "what's going on" around the world, professionally and societally. It's very exciting!


The global affect of Social Media is one of it's biggest benefits and also one of the most exciting things about the sphere. I'd say FB, Twitter and LinkedIN have opened up connections with people whom I wouldn't otherwise talk to as well as richening and maintaining relationships I already have with people.

Good call on what's shaping views more, I'd say conversation is far more influential than books and conferences.



Nigel Legg

The great thing about social media is that there are no geographical boundaries. My online community includes people in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, and people spread across the UK. This means that more disparate views get aired and inclkuded in discussions, because of people's varying experiences. Social Media really is turning the world into the "Global Village", and any ideas and concepts derived by those taking an active part on platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn will be more international.

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