After reading Nilofer Merchant’s blog post “Social Means Freedom, for Better or for Worse,” it got us thinking about how plugged in our society really is, and how much we can do on the internet these days.
For instance, did you know that many universities offer online classes now? Not only that, but some universities exist solely online, and these classes can be accessed by thousands of people all over the world, in different time zones, in different languages and in all different topics.
Not only can you take a class from halfway across the world, you can have a “face to face” conversation with people online too. This is good news for business, no more voicemail/phone tag, but also friends and family can stay connected on different continents. Now there’s no excuse for not staying in touch with your Gran.
You can also “train your brain,” track spending and exercise routines, have access to thousands of crossword puzzles, access archives from libraries all over the world and read newspaper/magazine articles from a plethora of sources, in many languages, from many continents. With so many things to do online, the internet can make your business faster, more effective and more marketable. Like Mr. Merchant said, “While social stuff is often associated with marketing or customer service, social can affect every part of the business model.” So how do you use the internet to make your everyday life easier, and how are you using it to help your business?