09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

The release of this number caused havoc.

Readers can click on a “Digg” icon on news stories, blog posts, and websites all over the internet and the stories clicked the most are featured on Digg.com.

On May 1st, 2007 Digg.com, as a result of reader votes, featured a story with the above number at the top of its homepage.  Within hours, Digg had received a cease-and-desist e-mail from lawyers.  The link to the page containing this number was consequently removed.

Yet, internet users around the world ensured that the spread of this number occurred.

“You can’t take something off the Internet.  That’s like trying to take pee out of a swimming pool.” (NewsRadio, 1990s television show)

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Lunch With Dot Thompson

In preparation for writing my paper on The Smartest Guys in the Room, I met with the Management research librarian, Dot Thompson.  I arranged a meeting with her ahead of time through the Bertrand Library web page and she was thus aptly prepared to guide my research.  Dot guided me through the library’s databases and showed me three particularly helpful programs.  Continue reading

Google Creates a “Buzz” in Social Networking

On Tuesday, February 9, Google introduced a new social networking service called Google Buzz.  Buzz gives Gmail users the opportunity to share statuses, photos, and videos.  Sound familiar?  This new service will be in tight competition with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace in the social networking industry.  A New York Times article entitled “With Buzz, Google Plunges into Social Networking” explains why the popular search engine is branching out. Continue reading

Google vs. China

I decided to use this article to support our definition of an organization, more specifically their function in our modern global world.  A quick summary of the article; Google has decided to stop its censoring of its Chinese web search service.  This is a truly remarkable challenge to Chinese communism that none have issued before.  Other companies like Microsoft and Yahoo are content to censor their materials in China as long as they can sell their products and make money.  This is an out right, public challenge that an organization will not bend to a national government because what they are asking is not right.  This clearly demonstrates that although locating towards the middle of the macrological and micrological scale, organizations reach can extend to the extremes. ( in this case to the macrological extreme)   Continue reading

How far does the internet go

This post from the spring of 2007 focused on the internet, and how it now brings information to the public at an ever increasing rate. Focusing on the Virginia Tech shootings, the post remarks on how 5 years ago (at the time of the post) the public would have had far less access to information about individuals, both public and private. This post interested me because I find the issue of the internets reach into the live of individuals, and the ability it gives other to access potentially sensitive information, to be important to address. The strength of this post was in its ability to cause the reader to actively think about the degree to which personal information is now available; and the audience that exists for such information. Still, I felt that while addressing pornographic motivation for internet technology innovation is important, it seemed to leave out more worrying information about the internets access to information. For example, I thought that the article could have mentioned the fact that the largest sponsor of social networking sites like Facebook is the federal government; who does so because it allows them access to a huge amount of information on millions of members. Consequently, the article could have been improved, and brought more up to date, by addressing more issues focusing on how the internet has given the individual or organization the ability to violate the privacy of others.

The original post can be found at http://mgmt339.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/how-far-does-the-internet-go/