A bold claim? Perhaps. But think about the mission statements of some of the best-known entities on the web today:
- Wikipedia, a massive (free!) online encyclopedia "dedicated to expanding access to the sum of human knowledge."
- Amazon, the digital shopping mecca, exists "to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online."
- Facebook, that social media behemoth, has ambitions "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected."
- Google, the king of search (in the Western world, at least) intends "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
On the internet, facts are (generally) free. Information flows--channeled, perhaps--but flows in an unrelenting stream.
When I start to really reflect on this, I start to wonder. I wonder how much information travels the internet each day? And what kind of information?
Text, photos, other images, video, data, data, data...
And what kind?
And how do I use this information?
And how do others use the information I am providing online?
I came across this resource via Zite the other day:
Click the image to open the interactive version (via pennystocks.la).
Interesting, isn't it? Does this help you re-evaluate your own internet use?
How are you benefitting from this constant stream of data?
How are you contributing to it?
How are others using the information you add to this rushing stream?