What’s the real value of a fully connected world?

What are your thoughts?

In your opinion, what’s the real value of everyone being connected online?

What are the unexpected consequences – if any – of a fully connected world?


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  1. Catherine White on June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I love this Robin. It so reminds me of an Indian stone relief of groups of people engaged, in … orgyistic type activities. LOL…!!!

  2. Glen Townsend on June 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

    The real value of connections are the relationships that can be built after the connection is made. It is through relationships that people accomplish great things! Obstacles are overcome. Challenges are confronted. Victories are won. Alone, we are voices sounding in the windstorm of life. Together, we become the force behind the storm.

    Love the question, Robin!

  3. Annalisa Holmes on June 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

    The real value is that one day, when least expected, that one connection (and I believe it only takes one) could inadvertently present an opportunity to you that could change your life! Yes, I may be thinking BIG here but isn’t that what it’s all about?

  4. Tony Hollingsworth on June 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I am starting to feel the “burden” of the connected world as this is the 3rd place I’m commenting! 😉 Of course, I’m choosing to do this as I wanted to share my thoughts, so thanks Robin.

    Glen I agree! All these connection tools we use build relationships. We get out of them what we put in to them.

    As my friend Ray Wang from Constellation Research says: “early adopters and pioneers have benefited from social” I am interpreting your “fully connected world” with “social” here Robin in the context of business. Ray lists 5 simple rules:
    1. Trust is the new social currency.
    2. Social is a cultural shift.
    3. Building community is the goal.
    4. P2P is today’s reality.
    5. Social business is just good business.

    Read on: http://blog.softwareinsider.org/2010/12/16/best-practices-five-simple-rules-for-social-business/

    Iggy of course I agree with you too – your point about loneliness is an important one. It reminds me of the very real physical isolation some people have, even when they are connected to us online. I think we need to remind ourselves that face-to-face communication is still important, that we need to get out from behind our screens, smartphones and tablet computers and go and meet people. I know I try to – after all, “synergising people and technology” is my passion! 😉

    Tony Hollingsworth

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