Tag Archive: Top 10 Lists

Naturally the past 2 weeks has seen posts, articles, videos, 5 hour TV programmes and radio shows detailing the ‘Best of 2009’  and looking ahead to the possible highlights of 2010.

While I am undoubtedly biased, the majority of posts, particularly from those writing with a technology background, have noted the significance of social media.  Certainly social media has had an impact in terms of business practice, digital communication etc., however I can’t help but feel that it has been vitally important on a more basic level.

Watching the news over the festive season it was impossible to ignore events in Iran – despite the fact that all conventional journalistic methods had been blocked by the Iranian leadership.  Thanks to Twitter (amongst other vehicles) the people of Iran could publicise themselves, and as such I, sat in snowy Lincolnshire, was given visual access to events I would have previously been unable to see.

Of course there have always been ways in which information has been sent from events that were not ‘allowed’ to be seen – however it can certainly be argued that the mass popularity and availability of social media tools have given more people, of various technical abilities, the chance to show the world their news.

I spend a LOT of time explaining social media, and my role in it to people, and I feel that now I have a valuable example of its importance.  It’s not really about whether Ashton Kutcher can get get 1 million followers before Ted Turner et al, it’s not about breaking your life into 140 character pieces and its not about putting the pictures from your last birthday party online, although all of these examples are great in terms of entertainment. Instead its about the people of Iran sharing their lives with us, seeing the miracle of the US Airways plane landing safely in the Hudson practically live and witnessing my generation standing up for their opinions at the G20 protests – amongst many other examples.

For me, it’s about making the digital world available to the majority – for them to engage, educate and share their world with others.

1) Top 10 Lists are published :)

That being said I really like this one – it balances informative data evidence with the fact that these lists are always subjective and personally/sector driven…

Must say though, there are no entries that I disagree with outright – would be interested to see what others feel.

Are there any stories you feel have been missed??

Top 10 Social Media Stories of 2009