The readings from Shirky book reminded me of the whole presidential election lead up especially on the rate of comments being poured in during and after each debate, it was almost instantaneously and this would have some impact on the popular rating of the candidate. It is true, social media in some ways is changing the world, you do not need to be a professional photographer to post a photo and receive “likes” on Facebook or Instagram by strangers who appreciates your photo. Ideas and information written on blogs can mobilized the public just like in the military to offer help and assistance. Connectivity through social media networks is at a pace that I personally never could imagine. However this is a double edged sword, as people may use it to promulgate anti-government ideas, instructions on bomb making that does harm to the security and safety of the public. I suppose this is when you think of the statement ” With power comes great responsibility”. It would be interesting to see how individuals would be further empowered with the subsequent development from Web 2.0 to 3.0 and beyond.
I find statistic figures interesting and here is an interesting site on Facebook engagement
interesting fact: 25% of people who uses twitter or Facebook to complain about brands expect a response within an hour.