The Status Update Heard Round the World

In the next few hours, days, and weeks, the financial and media establishment will be abuzz. Something unprecedented is happening — Facebook is going public, the largest IPO in the history of IPOs. Endless discussions are ensuing about pricing, speculations on performance. “But Q1 was slower than expected.” “How will they monetize?” “What about mobile?” “Of course the stock will pop, but can they sustain value.” Social media “experts” will be paraded around our screens (no offense to my friends :)). There will be navel gazing, chip counting, epic tales of massive fortunes won and lost.

And yet they’ll all be missing the point.

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine changed his status. It went from “in a relationship” to “single.”  My phone and email absolutely blew up. “Did you hear??” “What the hell happened?” “You know, I totally saw it coming.” Emails traversed the globe. Even my parents were sending their concern. From Pakistan.

And here is the point: for 900 million people, the world just got smaller. Serendipity accelerated. We’ve all been tethered into the most epic game of telephone ever invented.

It’s an unprecedented feat.

As to what happens next? I think Neo from the “The Matrix” said it best:

I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin..A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

Now if only I could fit this into 140 characters. 🙂


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