Kaila Colbin’s Search Insider post amusingly titled “What Do Search And Toilet Paper Have In Common?” actually concludes with a very thoughtful sentence:
The president-elect said, “That which connects us is greater than that which divides us.” I don’t think he was talking about technology — but it would certainly apply.
Indeed it would, and probably should, given the game-changing role that the Internet played in the election and continues to play in the transition. I find myself finally daring to hope that the new administration “gets” connectivity to a degree unprecedented in government and public service, at a level that can command respect in the garages and basements and cubicles of startups where the geeks and coders and emerging gurus of enterprise are pushing the envelope of connection.
A few years ago, very few people would have dared to believe that a change in government could inspire those who are driven to make information technology deliver the most benefit to the most people. When the president-elect said “spread the wealth around” some people thought the phrase could be taken–out of context–and used against him. They were wrong. Why? One reason might be the large number of people who have been happy to “spread the technology around” for many years. Few things can generate wealth like technology and few technologies enable spreading better than search and the Internet.