Social Networking Gets Serious – #prayforjapan

6 thoughts on “Social Networking Gets Serious – #prayforjapan”

  1. I don’t think LinkedIn has no value. I have had many customers and partners connect with me through LinkedIn with valuable questions to their business.

    Outside of that, yes, these tools are being used as a mass tool for many things today. They are changing the world.

    1. Hi Bob! Thanks a lot for dropping by and for the great feedback! Appreciated how you have validated the business use of LinkedIn to reach out and stay in touch with your customers and business partners and how something so compelling as networking can be taken into the next level. Your story surely confirms the need to have an external presence, and a relevant one, for certain!

      Yes, social networks are changing the world and it’s good to have reminders like this one that keep telling us why and how we should pay attention and, somehow, glad we are; slowly, but steadily…

      Thanks again!

  2. Hi Luis – great post! Couldn’t agree more (throw on top of this how Twitter and FB played – and continue to play – a major role in the Middle East upheavals!

    FYI – I was made aware that in addition to the communication and updates being fed through Twitter and FB, a LOT of information was being shared by the domestic Twitter-like site, Mixi (

    I wish – and have been complaining on a few sites – that Mixi should go global in their operations and connectivity given that the Japanese population is very globally dispersed, and that this tragic disaster has amplified the necessity to have the communication lines be global.

    1. Hi Matt! Wonderful comments and very inspiring contribution! Indeed, it’s interesting to see the kind of positive role that social networking tools are playing on a global scale for global events with a significant impact on our local communities. Quite an (r)evolution!

      Interesting commentary as well about Mixi not going global and try to reach out to the millions of Japanese citizens who are scattered around the world and whom I am sure would have found it tremendously helpful to tap into that social networking tool to connect and reach out with their local families and relatives, in Japan. Perhaps this tragic set of events could help open up the doors for that global expansion… What do you think?

      Again, thanks much for the feedback! 🙂

  3. Hi, Luis,
    you perfectly outlined how Social Media was serving you personally in the crisis situation; and that there are times, when business is second. However one can add the business aspect as well (no contradiction): Social Media has done (at least in Ericsson – comparably large to IBM that the ties go beyond the personal) a great business job in communication and as such also in crisis management. In the future no serious Business Continuity Plan (including of course health and safety) should neglect the use of Social Media.

    1. Hi Gerald! Many thanks for dropping by and for the kind comments! Greatly appreciated! I think you are spot on with that last comment regarding the Business Continuity Plan neglecting the use of Social Media. That’s definitely something no business should afford not touching base on it!

      In fact, one of our executives, Sandy Carter, has been advocating all along to “Design for Reputation AND Risk Management” and when looking into these global events and the potential impact within the corporate world, it’s surely becoming much more accurate than ever before.

      I wonder what 2.0 skeptics will be saying now, in 2011, about social media being a fad and everything… Time for a re-think, don’t you think? 🙂

      Thanks again for the feedback comments!

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