As 2006 draws to a close, how many of you given the new tools available are changing the way you do business? This past year has been all about Web 2.0, including social networks and the podcast, but what the heck does the social web really mean? Are you passive or active in using these new tools? I'm somewhere in the middle. Via this blog I am trying to provide intelligent context to the "learning web", including my own screencasts and search engines.
I challenge my readers to determine whether they've moved forward ... or remained static over the past year. For example, while driving into to work this morning, I was amazed to learn via the NPR Technology Podcast that the most common duration for any song played on the radio is 3 minutes and five seconds. Why? This length song corresponds to how much data could be placed upon a 78 RPM record (early 1900's technology). Another item ... video web-based resumes. These two examples show how our work processes may be based upon old arcane technologies, or in some instances dramatically utilize new tools for an old need, such as finding a job.
Finally, here are the five top business books sold on Amazon during 2006, and podcast links to author interviews. Challenge yourself in 2007 to learn more, and do more with that knowledge, starting now.
- The Long Tail - TCS Daily
- Making Globalization Work - NPR Dallas
- Success Built to Last - NPR TechNation
- The Starfish and the Spider - Stanford Business School (real video)
- Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations - NPR University of Illinois
If you would prefer to to read a brief review of each book, link to the blog: 800-CEO-Read
My goal in 2007 ... to create more content and give podcasting a whirl. I would welcome comments attached to this posting concerning any knowledge areas that you feel one should review, analyze and take action upon in 2007.