. . . 40 new [blogs are created] every day that could be talking about your business, engaging your employees, or leaking those merger discussions you thought were hush-hush.This is a must-read for anyone doubting the impact and importance of the blogosphere on business.
Give the paranoids their due. The overwhelming majority of the information the world spews out every day is digital -- photos from camera phones, PowerPoint presentations, government filings, billions and billions of e-mails, even digital phone messages. With a couple of clicks, every one of these items can be broadcast into the blogosphere by anyone with an Internet hookup -- or even a cell phone. If it's scandalous, a poisonous e-mail from a CEO, for example, or torture pictures from a prison camp, others link to it in a flash. And here's the killer: Blog posts linger on the Web forever.
Yet not all the news is scary. Ideas circulate as fast as scandal. Potential customers are out there, sniffing around for deals and partners. While you may be putting it off, you can bet that your competitors are exploring ways to harvest new ideas from blogs, sprinkle ads into them, and yes, find out what you and other competitors are up to.
Friday, July 22, 2005
This article on Business Week's website is a comprehensive look at blogs and their potential to impact business in powerful ways. For instance,