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4 Ways Digital Revolution is Conveying Power From Big institutions to Individuals.

4 Ways Digital Revolution is Conveying Power From Big institutions to Individuals

The advent of transistor, computer, internet, mobile phones and social media led to a digital revolution. These digital technologies have changed the way humans communicate and do things, and the impact is huge.

Digital communications which involves the use of computers and mobile phones to communicate through the internet gives an individual the potential to reach more people, quicker and more directly than before.

This has given citizens, customers, or end-users as the case may be, as individuals more control, power and influence over issues that affects them. Digital revolution has eroded national borders and allows citizens to mobilize in new ways, and build bridges across geographical divides. It helps expose information that in the past could have more easily been suppressed by government or big organisations.

Social media

An individual can now sit in the comfort of a room and use a single #hashtag to mobilize mass support from all-over the world through the internet cutting out traditional communication medium like radio, television and print media outlets.

We saw digital revolution at work in the #bringbackourgirls campaign, which was run entirely on social media, and yet reached every continent. We also saw it in Nigeria’s 2015 presidential elections where the social media controlled by individuals defeated well-funded government controlled NTA (Nigeria’s largest television network) and government supporting AIT (Nigeria’s largest private-owned television network) the country in the battle of propaganda.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WordPress, Blogger, Linkedin, Youtube, and more, have made it easy for anyone to report and share events as it happens, write and publisher article in the internet, make and broadcast movies and lot more with a mobile phone from anywhere, Traditional media no longer control information dissemination making them less powerful.

Soft Power

Digital revolution, as explained in Soft Power report by Portland Communications, a UK-based public relations agency, is moving power away from traditional institutions to individuals. Soft Power is the ability to encourage collaboration and build networks and relationships.

It is the influence created by building networks and communicating compelling narratives, as against Hard power which is the use of coercion. As Professor Joseph Nye, who first coined the phrase “soft power” 27 years ago said, “power with others can be more effective than power over others”.

Numerous individuals have been able to build networks and millions of followers on one or more different social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat which they can easily influence through positive attraction and persuasion.

This has made citizens powerful and they are very much aware. They have severally come together against governments. They have influenced national policies by mobilising hundreds of thousands of people to turn out to protest or sign petitions within a very short time.

Blockchain

Banks and governments often impede the free flow of business because of the time it takes to process transactions and regulatory requirements. Many Governments and powerful institutions use traditional financial system to coerce oppositions and control citizens. Banks have severally been accused by conspiracy theorist of having secret agenda and conspiring against the citizens of countries.

Blockchain, a digital technology and a new global economy of immediate value transfer is changing all that. In this new economy, intermediaries which are mainly big institutions no longer play a major role and a very large chunk of socio-economic control is transferred from traditional institutions to individuals.

This digital technology is driving a fundamental shift from the Internet of information, where we can instantly view, exchange and communicate information to the Internet of value, where we can instantly exchange assets. An economy where trust is established not by central intermediaries but through consensus and complex computer code.

Its has applications that go way beyond obvious things like digital currencies (e.g Bitcoin) and money transfers. From electronic voting, smart contracts and digitally recorded property assets to patient health records management and proof of ownership for digital content.

Blockchain will profoundly disrupt hundreds of industries that rely on intermediaries, including banking, finance, academia, real estate, insurance, legal, health care and the public sector — amongst many others.

Consumer-to-business (C2B)

While the large traditional media outlets are one-directional relationships, the internet connects large groups of people to a bidirectional network. The decreasing costs of technology; individuals now have access to technologies that were once only available to large companies (digital printing and acquisition technology, high performance computers, and powerful software).

This digital revolution has radically changed the way individuals and companies interact. Many businesses are now adopting C2B as a business model. This is a model in which consumers (individuals) create value and businesses consume that value.

In the C2B model, businesses profit from the willingness of consumers to name their own price or contribute data or marketing to the company, while consumers profit from flexibility, direct payment, or free or reduced-price products and services.

Social media has empowered consumers, as an individual with large number of social media followers with just a mobile phone can influence big businesses through reviews or endorsements with the effect being evident in few hours.

Before social media this could only be done by real famous people like Tv and sport stars, and it may take months  before the  effect become evident. Consumers (Individual) have never been this powerful before in the history of Consumer-business relationship.

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Facebook Reaches 16 Million Users in South Africa

Facebook has passed 16 million users in South Africa, according to regional director for Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila.

Speaking to the SABC, Ntshingila said that the Facebook Africa branch was currently focused on a number of areas including new policies and products, as well as “looking after” a number of businesses in South Africa that make use of the platform “At the end of the day, this office is the centre of innovation,” she said.

“We always have our clients, businesses, and community owners here just to sit down with them and make sure that we are responding to some important issues – and we are learning from them.”

The 16 million represents a major increase – over 4 million more users since the 12 million recorded in September 2016 according to a  WorldWideWorx report.

The report highlighted that while Facebook’s numbers continued to grow, the platform was also seeing increasing engagement. Over the course of 2016, the average number of likes per post grew from 80 to 108.

The average number of comments per post increased from 10 to 12, and, on average, posts are also shared more – growing from 6 to 11 shares per post.

Originally published in BusinessTech

Google hire vs LinkedIn

Google Hire vs Microsoft’s Linkedin: What’s Your Take?

Google Hire

Earlier this year, Google launched its Google for Jobs search engine, which organised listings from a range of employment sites including LinkedIn, Careerbuilder and Glassdoor.

Then late last month. it unveiled its first piece of Human Resource (HR) software, called Google Hire, which will help small and mid-sized US businesses to communicate with candidates, schedule interviews and manage overall job applications. Through the tool recruiters can customize their hiring process by setting questions, coding tests and on site presentations for the requirements of each role, allowing the internet search giant to take a stab at sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, as spotted by Axios.

Microsoft’s Linkedin

LinkedIn is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. It is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries.

Job recruiters, head hunters, and personnel HR are increasingly using LinkedIn as a source for finding potential candidates. By using their Advanced search tools, recruiters can find members matching their specific key words with a click of a button. They then can make contact with those members by sending a request to connect or by sending InMail about a specific job opportunity he or she may have. Recruiters also often join industry based groups on LinkedIn to create connections with professionals in that line of business.

The Rivalry

While it’s solely based in the US, Google Hire is rivaling HR software vendors like Workday, Greenhouse, Lever and Microsoft. The company says it plans to expand Hire to other countries but did not specify if or when it was coming to the UK.

“The recruiting system market is vast with a number of companies providing similar services,” Gartner analyst, Helen Poitevin said. “However, with the heavy investment in machine learning for matching people to jobs, and the close tie to other G suite applications, Microsoft is the obvious rival, particularly with their LinkedIn acquisition and their Dynamics 365 Talent offering, which is tightly integrated with Office 365”.

Latest Move

LinkedIn has put a lot of effort into new areas of business like content, education and bringing on new users in emerging markets; and this month, the company debuted a new service that identifies potential mentors and people who might be looking for mentorship in a specific area, and then helps match them to each other. The service  is free and will be available first to users in San Francisco and Australia, while Google Hire is planning to invest further in machine learning tools which will allow candidates to reapply for positions and new job opportunities while also extending it to other countries.

Sources: Computer world Uk, Wikipedia