Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blog Action Day

This past Monday, October 15, 2007 was the first annual Blog Action Day.
Basically, this was an initiative to have as many people as possible all over the world blog about environmental and conservation issues to raise awareness of environmentalism.

It seems it was quite successful. On the wrap up site there are some incredible statistics.

Over 20,000 blogs registered and more than 23,000 blog posts turned up in a Google Blog Search of "Blog Action Day". 19 of Technorati's top 100 blogs posted about Blog Action Day on Monday, and "Blog Action Day" was Technorati's top tag AND search phrase for the day, hitting over 90 percent.


I can almost feel the power of social media oozing out of my keyboard. I did my part to register and contribute. Check out my water conservation initiatives for the week on my blog.

I think Kevin Stirtz of the American Chronicle sums it up best when he wrote:

One reason I like Blog Action day is it demonstrates the viral power of an
idea. It shows how far and how fast something can spread via word of mouth,
using today's technologies. I also like it because it shows the vitality and
importance of New Media (of which blogging is a major player).

The brilliance of this idea lies in the fact that an incredibly huge impact was made on content in the blogosphere that stemmed from some emails and a few single bloggers. The cost was next to nothing and the reach was worldwide. Even traditional news sources like FOX and BBC found it compelling enough to jump in on the action.

So I am now even more of a believer in the power of social media, and I can't wait until next year to see how much farther this one idea can expand through people and technology.

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