Friday, 27 August 2010
Random Collisions of Chance
Chance and spontaneity are two interesting phenomenon required for innovation and creativity.
We were reminded of this in an interview recorded of a LinkedIn executive recently*. He stated that chance encounters are "where we make some of our most significant connections", be it your life partner, business associates, etc. and that speeding up those chance encounters was one of the fundamental principles and aims of social networking.
That idea struck a chord with us. Like our free market principle of ‘Spontaneous Order’, random collisions and network creation, leading to opportunity exploitation and ultimately wealth and welfare maximisation is intuitively an attractive proposition.
So, we have the mechanisms in place, with online tools and social networking sites, but how much of this activity is outward focussed revenue and income generating? What is meant by this is that the revenues are not focussed on increasing advertising and network operator revenues, but individual participant to participant’s opportunity flows.
And beyond building an online presence with followers and individuals being influencers and thought or trend leaders in their domains, how many of us focus on being revenue leaders and wealth and welfare ‘maximisers’ in this space?
Do you have personal metrics of success, which help inform and modify and moderate your personal behaviours to ensure that you maximise your ‘Return on Ether-time’? [ROET]
Maybe it is well worth a thought because in the neo-classical world of market participation, if you aren’t in the market and making a living (or a half descent living) from it, you might get marginalised and lose out on the wave that hit us when Web 2.0 arrived.
* We are searching for a link / reference to this interview. Once we have found it, we will update this post