I was flipping through The Economist this morning (one of two publications I subscribe to) and this headline caught my eye:
Beware grannies on Facebook
The story details about how hundreds of small investors self-organized and forced a decision reversal and reimbursement of investment funds. This is a terrific example of the power of citizen collaboration and crowd-clout. I’ve started reading Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Shirky details several examples along the same lines. If you have some time, watch Shirky’s talk from Harvard last month.
From the Economist piece:
People who would never have met in real life, from pig farmers and retired loggers to MBA students and pastors, created a formidible interest group.
This piece also busts two myths: only kids on Facebook and Facebook is dead.