copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
Might we delve deeper into the world of technology. The Ethernet, once ethereal now exists in every avenue of our lives. We have heard the terms; Internet, Intranet, and Extranet. Might do these mean to us personally and professionally? Perhaps, it is best establish a working definition for each of the platforms. Countless experts have written on the topic, the features within the various systems, and the variance in use. Steven L. Telleen, Ph.D., Researcher and former analyst with Giga Information Group in Santa Clara, California explains the distinctions most succinctly. In The Difference Between Internet, Intranet, and Extranet Dr. Telleen writes, “Today I think of Intranets, Extranets, and the Web as collections of content. An Intranet is a set of content shared by a well-defined group within a single organization. An Extranet is a set of content shared by a well-defined group, but one that crosses enterprise boundaries.” In an earlier observation, Telleen, stated, “The Web, in contrast, is an unlimited group.” In his more recent characterization, that element is unchanged. He does however, assert, “These terms may continue to evolve in meaning.”
What is most true, and particularly evident in the Ethernet, change is a constant.
Today, in our travel through time and cyberspace, I hope you will appreciate, as I have come to; the study of electricity is analogous to the Ethernet. Each validates the notion transformations are invisible to the human eye. Turn a switch on or off and things happen. Instantaneously, it would seem, if a toggle were moved in one direction the room is filled with light. In another position, darkness pervades. An engine starts or stops. Press the power switch on your computer, or click on your Internet browser, and the world (world-wide-web) opens up and lets you in. We do not necessarily see what occurs; nay understand it. Yet, our personal universe is altered.
In commerce and cyberspace, change occurs in every moment. Internet, Intranet, and Extranet conversions occur all around us and metamorphosis surrounds us. Whether or not we are aware of these evolutions, the progression will affect us. Indeed, it has. Please consider your own corporation and communications within. Electronic mails are ubiquitous. Employees in your office likely scan, share, and collaborate on files. Most companies have a website. More have begun to acknowledge what is inescapable in modern-day societies, Facebook directs more online users than Google.
“Marketers must focus on social marketing in addition to traditional search, as customers have a multi-pronged way of finding information,” said Jeremiah Owyang, a Web strategist for the Altimeter Group, a San Mateo consulting firm with clients like Gigya. Mister Owyang went on to state, “The clear-cut channels of yesteryear are now an intricate set of connections.”
As we all understand and live, presently, many of us “Go to Meeting” from the comfort of our homes, clothed in pajamas or jeans. We “do lunch” at cyberspace cafés. We talk through text or instant messages. Colleagues in cubicles separated only by a few feet feel no need to leave their desks to make a statement, or request a file. Office workers prefer to send an electronic mail message.
Communication through cyberspace is easier and effortless. Yet, regardless of how we try to communicate a tone, the reader will interpret the essence through his or her own emotional reaction and respond accordingly. Thus, the reality lives. People relate to those they know personally, trust explicitly, and are friendly with, even if only on facebook.
This is the reason for the rise in Internet interactions. The World-Wide-Web is a constant conversation unlike the Marketing monologue most businesses offer. TurboTax has realized the strength of relationships off and by extension online. This big business decided to dive more deeply into what reaps abundant dollars.
One of Gigya’s clients is financial software maker Intuit Inc. Seth Greenberg, Intuit’s director of national media and digital marketing, said the company is betting on social media to draw customers to its TurboTax Web site this year. The tax preparation program generates about $1 billion in revenue in the 10 to 15 weeks leading to April 15.
Half of TurboTax’s 20 million users are on Facebook and each has an average of 150 friends. Intuit is using social media to generate more buzz about the program through the sharing of product reviews and answers to tax preparation questions.
Greenberg coined the phrase “friend-casting” to describe how Intuit is using social media.
“We actually want our customers to be our best sales force, not us,” Greenberg said. “Enabling our 20 million-customer base to be a word-of-mouth army for us is much more interesting.”
Any of us might recognize as Mister Greenberg has: friends, family, and familiars talk. What someone we know says speaks volumes. A recommendation, a referral, the thought that Mom, Dad, brother or sister might reject the services of a particular company because any of these individuals had a very bad experience, weighs heavily on the minds of corporate Executives. Tycoons understand the tonnage known as brand awareness and appeal.
Moguls are mindful of the fact that each of us, in every walk of life is affected by the assessments others make. No organization is exempt from public scrutiny. Just as mothers and father search to find the best babysitter, our parents also model the need to evaluate a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker. Countless caregivers, before a baby begins to walk, will work to ensure that their child goes to the most celebrated school.
An education company, a for-profit, public, or private institution must be concerned with what the customer base thinks. Reputation is everything if a business expects to increase earnings, sustain salaries, and preserve profits.
Tycoons only need to imagine the influence of college graduates, parents, professional persons ages 35 to 54, who as of January 2009 represented a 276% growth rate amongst facebook users. This percentage has doubled in a mere two-month period.
Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, guardians, and even we, as individuals, prepare our progeny and ourselves for the finest education. Our careers capture our attention from the time we are first asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We wish to pursue the best and be the best from birth. This is the reason that private schools test 4 and five year olds before an application to a prestigious program is accepted. The vast numbers who work to be Valedictorians speaks to the truth; be it for a business or a business school, a religious institution or an industry that works with private and religious school Educators, public opinions matter.
Hence, within a very short period of time, businesses, en masse, have built blogss. Chief Executive Officers have also chosen to submit their thoughts words and muses. Facebook and other “fun” and well-followed forums have served to expand Executives’ awareness. Perhaps, this is why today, tycoons envision investments in Internet, Intranet, and, or Extranet applications. Undeniably, the Industrial Revolution evolved into the Information Age and brick and mortar business have become far more mobile. Today, we meet and greet our clientele through electronic mediums.
How did this happen? Almost invisibly, advancements began behind closed doors. The concept of global connectivity was first born in the August 1962. It was not until 1972 three years after the formation of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), a branch of the United States Department of Defense, that a research team successfully fashioned a computer-to-computer chat
By 1994, very little had changed with the exception of a report, entitled “Realizing The Information Future: The Internet and Beyond.” This document served as a draft for what would become the information superhighway. In April 1995, a true evolution occurred.
NSF’s privatization policy was terminated. The NSFNET Backbone was declared defunded. Delphi followed by other commercial networks moved in. Today, we are all connected constantly. If you doubt this, look at the numbers, as well as the reality you live. Microsoft Corporation certainly has.
A web-based company, YouTube, which in 2008 was only three years old, received 13 hours of uploaded video every minute! Now, at the ripe old age of five, YouTube has 24 hours of video uploaded every minute! In two short years, the number of uploads has nearly doubled.
In 2008, The Washington Post noted, “The site logs hundreds of millions of views a week.” Can we begin to imagine how many people are online at YouTube at any given moment now that the site has grown even more popular? Probably not. Nor would most companies be able to comprehend the earning potential. Nevertheless, what each of us likely know is that we have viewed a YouTube video or two. Perchance, you saw one last evening on the news. Indeed, you may have sent a tweet that said, “Wait until you see . . .” From January 2009 to February of the same year, in one month, Twitter grew 1382 percent!
People of every age tweet. Fastest Growing Demographic; women Over 55. Men between 45 and 54 are not far behind. Essentially, Facebook is Your Father’s (and Mother’s) Social Network. Still, neither may be your online home.
Perhaps, you are not amongst the 3 to 4 million that in 2008 used social network technology. You may not include yourself in the later and greater groundswell of social media growth that occurred in 2009. You possibly could not comprehend as Forrester Research reported in the Fall of that year, Number of Social Networking Users Has Doubled Since 2007.
Indeed, this veracity has inspired Microsoft to integrate Social Media into its latest release. In February 2010, banner headlines read, Microsoft adds social networking to Outlook.
The mammoth technology company has read the reports. Microsoft moguls have acknowledged, businesses must think Tribalization. They have tried and failed time and time again, However, Microsoft has finally concluded they must fuse, or infuse the future into their business model. Observers are reminded of the past; Microsoft came late to the Internet party.
Perhaps, you too, or your company’s Executives, might wish to evaluate the evidence Microsoft moguls appraised. You may choose to be amongst the movers and shakers such as Bill Gates, who admittedly, ultimately realized, in what might have been one of those moments of verbalized frustration; it is wise to examine the energy that is electricity and the Ethernet.
People-centricity, which more recently has become Microsoft’s mission, seems to have been born out of a recognition followed by abundant research. President Gates’ insight might have been as my own. Upon further investigation into Internet, Intranet, and Extranet applications, I had to acknowledge that one or each of these platforms are popular, preferable, and even, surprisingly, profitable. After a quick scan of the statistics Microsoft’s most senior Chief Executive could have concluded as I did in an earlier time. the question I most needed to ask was “What the F**K is Social Media?”
The answer, I believe lies in what was before and Only “One Year Later.” The Ethernet is electric. To be effective, any Internet, Intranet, and Extranet system must honor the veracity visible in the numbers. Please ponder the presentations.
Please stay tuned, or tune in again. The next treatise on this topic will further examine the once unimaginable. The Ethernet, just as electricity, is the essential element that moves modern-day civilizations, commerce and citizens worldwide.
References for Internet, Intranet, Extranet realities . . .
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- Turbo Tax Uses Facebook to Connect to Allow Friends to Spread the Word. By Sara Inés Calderón. Inside Facebook. February 3, 2010
- Facebook directs more online users than Google. By Benny Evangelista. San Francisco Chronicle. February 15, 2010
- and New Facebook Statistics Show Big Increase in Content Sharing, Local Business Pages. By Eric Eldon. Inside Facebook. February 15, 2010
- 2009 Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report; 276% Growth in 35-54 Year Old Users. IStragegy Labs. January 5 2009
- Go to Meeting.
- Private School Screening Test Loses Some Clout, By Jenny Anderson. The New York Times. May 6, 2010
- Starbucks: Your Wireless Computer Showcase, By Eric Griffith. Internetnews.com. August 20, 2002
- Texting May Be Taking a Toll, By Katie Hapner. The New York Times. May 25, 2009
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- Internet Users. The World Bank
- Microsoft adds social networking to Outlook, By Mike Harvey. Times. February 23, 2010
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- A Twitterati Calls Out Whirlpool, By Parmy Olson. Forbes. September 2, 2009
- YouTube has 24 hours of video uploaded every minute! Reuters. March 17, 2010
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- Fastest Growing Demographic on Facebook: Women Over 55. By Justin Smith. Inside Network. February 2, 2009
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- Internet, broadband, and cell phone statistics. Pew Internet, January 5, 2010
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- Top 15 Corporate Blogs (Ranked – May 2008), By Mario Sundar. Marketing Nirvana
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copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
The new President of the United States addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time, on February 24, 2009. Republicans were all a twitter. Grand Old Party Legislators, thumbs and fingers in flight, sent text messages to their constituents while Barack Obama stood before the nation and its leaders. Senators and Representatives from the Right were careful not to have their hands seen on camera. The persons elected to represent the people preferred to obfuscate the truth; they cared not what the Commander-In-Chief might say. As they anxiously awaited the voice of Grand Old Party, Governor Bobby Jindal, the person who would offer the Republican rebuttal, those on the right of the aisle refused to listen.
Conservatives considered the speech as the regulations they lifted on bankers long ago, unnecessary. Those on the right thought Barack Obama’s words as taxes. Text messages stated the Republican sentiment, “Give us a break.”
We need to bring transparency to Washington, D.C., so we can rid our capital of corruption . . . .
Indeed, a break is what Americans have. The affluent have loopholes that enable them to break away from laws that require them to pay the tariff that supports society. Big businesses have lobbyists to do their bidding. Bankers have supplicants who regularly speak with members of Congress. Petitioners helped convince policymakers corruption is but the culture of depositories. Bailout will be beneficial. In this country, without funds for the greater good, for schools, roads, bridges, research, and development, we have a fractured system.
Republicans and Democrats, at least in government, are also divided. The people, each of whom is poorer by the day, yearn for help. They will do the work, if only someone gives them a chance. Common folk request few dollars. They ask only for the cash they paid in taxes. The money was meant to support society, to help provide jobs for the little people. Average Americans only want to work. No one welcomes a handout. The people’s desire is to acquire the dollars they need to buy goods.
Citizens understand that none of us is here alone. United we will stand. Divided we fall. Americans experience, with Republicans unwilling to consider the greater good, the commonweal, the United States has become a weakened nation. Yet, in the confutation to the President’s address, Governor Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana presented the traditional divisive wisdom.
We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, to empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.
If only that had been the way when the Republicans ruled. However, instead of money doled out in moderation, mountains of cash were poured into protracted wars. Bills that approved bridges to nowhere were popular and well-funded for districts represented by corrupt Conservative Congresspersons. Then there is the issue of the train. Bobby Jindal mentioned it again in his refutation of President Obama’s official oration. This scandal is surely the Democrats doing . . . except it never was.
In recent days, Fox News hosts and contributors Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Newt Gingrich, Trace Gallagher, and Charles Krauthammer have advanced the false claim — pushed by Republican lawmakers — that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) included a provision in the economic recovery law directing that $8 billion in funds be spent on a high-speed rail line between Southern California and Las Vegas. In fact, the bill does not direct high-speed rail funds to any specific project, and any funding would be allocated by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman.
The bill states that $8 billion shall remain available for the “Secretary of Transportation” for “projects that support the development of intercity high speed rail service” and that the secretary shall “submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a strategic plan that describes how the Secretary will use the funding provided under this heading to improve and deploy high speed passenger rail systems.” The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Conference Report on H.R. 1 further states of the high-speed rail program: “The conferees have provided the Secretary flexibility in allocating resources between the programs to advance the goal of deploying intercity high speed rail systems in the United States.”
Perhaps, this saga is as the story of Sheriff Harry Lee, the Jefferson Parish law officer who Jindal said is a friend of his. In his address to Americans, Governor Jindal recounted the day he entered the Sheriff Harry Lee’s office. The Republican lawmaker said to an expectant American television audience, “I had never seen him so angry. He was literally yelling into the phone.”
“Well, I’m the sheriff, and if you don’t like it, you can come and arrest me.” I asked him, “Sheriff, what’s got you so mad?” Jindal then explained Harry Lee had invited volunteers to come with their boats. These persons were needed “to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters.”
Governor Jindal continued, “The boats were all lined up and ready to go. And then some bureaucrat showed up and told him they couldn’t go out in the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration.”
“Sheriff, that’s ridiculous,” said Bobby Jindal on that strange day not so long ago. The lesson, the Governor shared, is the one Harry espoused during the emergency, “Ignore the bureaucrats.” Perchance, the people of this country, a nation in crisis, would be better served if they paid no heed to the bureaucrat who told this tale.
The anecdote that the Governor shared, some say, never occurred. No record that the two men met in person seems to exist. The only other person, besides the Louisiana Governor, who might verify the narrative cannot speak. No one can inquire of the late Harry Lee, is the story true. The “Democrat” known to rule “his vast domain in the suburbs for decades while proudly consorting with mobsters and infuriating the city at his doorstep with pronouncements about black criminality,” passed in October 2007.
Such is the state of a broken Union. Republicans in Congress remain all a twitter. Grand Old Party loyalists thought the Governor in Baton Rouge delivered a rebuttal speech that was but a tweet, The words of Barack Obama, well, we can only wonder, if those who wish to obstruct and obfuscate will be the obstacle to a genuine recovery.
Clues may come, or these may be apparent in the text, not seen on blackberry screens. Please peruse the transcript of Bobby Jinal’s speech, in total. One never knows what they may find hidden from the camera’s view.
References for a perceived reality . . .
- The Republican Twitter Response To Obama’s Speech, By Cagle Cartoons. February 24, 2009
- The Speech: What They’re Saying While He’s Talking, By Eric Etheridge. The New York Times. February 24, 2009
- The Republican Response by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Transcript The New York Times. February 24, 2009
- Echoing GOP, Fox figures falsely claim Reid included $8 billion in bill directed to LA-Vegas rail. Media Matters. February 18, 2009
- Boehner Speech Opposing Democrats’ Trillion-Dollar “Stimulus” Bill, Supporting GOP’s Better Solutions . republicanleader.house.gov. February 13, 2009
- One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United States.
- House of Representatives Supplemental Appropriations. One Hundred Eleventh Congress.
- Status of Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal Year 2009. Library of Congress.
- Harry Lee, Outspoken Louisiana Sheriff, Dies at 75. By Adam Nossiter. The New York Times. October 2, 2009