The Transformation of Interpersonal Communications

We are in the midst of a revolution. The revolution can be traced back to the commercialization of the world wide web. The advent of bulletin boards, newsgroups and email provided connected individuals with the ability to communicate via messages that were delivered instantaneously. The rapid decrease in message delivery time was the beginning of the revolution. For readers of this site, there is no need to completely rehash what took place because we have all lived through it.

While the rehashing may be unnecessary, I do believe that what is taking place is of monumental significance. I am also dedicating this site to covering the transformation at hand. We will be producing reports, white papers, educational resources and more along with hosting events (as I have been stating all along). We will also continue to create daily blog posts that inform the readers of the day-to-day happenings in the space. It is more of an experiment than anything else but I do believe that all the participants will be able to learn from each other and help others to understand what is taking place.

Social technology is transforming our lives as a whole and I am focused on learning more about this topic. I have been fortunate enough to connect with a number of people that embrace these new technologies and we all learn from each other. We chat on Twitter, send messages on Facebook, attend events together, we engage in friendly banter within the comment sections of our favorite blogs and even help promote each other occasionally resulting in coverage in national publications.

This group of people are the early adopters of technology and are the ones that bring new technologies into the workplace and introduce them to their friends. I’m proud to be one of them but I feel like too often I fail to stop and smell the roses. Personally, I am engaged non-stop and fail to step back and consider what is taking place. I’m sure some others feel this way and this is why I have now become more heavily focused on researching how these technologies are transforming our lives.

I will begin producing reports about these new technologies. Some will be overviews of the technology, some will be in depth analysis completed by anthropologists and sociologists. I think that a fair amount of work has begun in this space but we are still at an early stage. I admire the works of people such as Danah Boyd, but we need more research as well as more social technology evangelists.

I know that this post may not actually be very revealing but I am tired of simply sharing my two-cents on subjects. While I enjoy providing the readers with a basic level of analysis, I also believe that it is time to dive a little deeper. We have only begun to scratch the surface. I look forward to what is coming in the near future and I promise to continue to providing timely information regarding social technology. Is there anything that you would like us to begin covering? Are there any reports that would be useful for you?