in praise of internet sharing

Despite fear mongering and pragmatic cautioning, people are sharing online like there’s no tomorrow.

I’m a big fan of journalism professor / internet pundit Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?

His newest publication is Public Parts, the book. It touts the societal benefits of sharing:

… A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives.

Thanks to the internet, we now live—more and more—in public. More than 750 million people (and half of all Americans) use Facebook, where we share a billion times a day. The collective voice of Twitter echoes instantly 100 million times daily, from Tahrir Square to the Mall of America, on subjects that range from democratic reform to unfolding natural disasters to celebrity gossip. New tools let us share our photos, videos, purchases, knowledge, friendships, locations, and lives. …

Click PLAY or watch an introduction on YouTube.

All organizations — including Gymnastics Canada — are struggling with how best to add social networking communication.

They need consult Jeff Jarvis.

Though I had two Facebook friends threaten to cancel their accounts last week, I still feel the benefits of internet sharing far outweigh risks.

(via Buzz Machine)

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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