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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seeing the Future 5 Years Ago

As we move into 2012, it's interesting to look back in history at an event that was astonishing at the time and clearly prophetic.

The controversial event occurred on December 13, 2006 when Time magazine announced their annual choice for "Person of the Year."  Can you recall who it was? Most of you will not.

"You" were chosen in 2006, as Time magazine's Person of the Year. Time recognized the millions of people who contribute user-generated social media content to Wikipedia, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, and the multitudes of other websites featuring user contribution. If "You" were chosen today we would have to consider the contributions to countless new social network sites including such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.



Some weeks before the announcement, Time decided to ask the users in a poll "Who Should Be Person of the Year?" After several weeks, the poll winner by a wide margin was Hugo Ch?vez, President of Venezuela, with 35% of the votes. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came in second. Yet Time decided to ignore those results and did not mention them in the announcement of the Person of the Year. As it turned out, both alternatives were clearly eclipsed by the continued growth in social media making "You" a good, insightful choice.

 


Today there are 1.9 Billion Internet users worldwide and approximately 1 billion of "You" participate in social media networks.

Whether you agree or not with Time's choice you cannot dispute the roll and influence of social media. Smart business owners, organizations, and corporations seeking to connect with the social community have eagerly embraced all social media has to offer.

Time foretold the future. After 5 years, are "You" reaping the benefits of Social Media?  OnFast.com can get you measurable results. Visit our site today. 




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