In celebration of the third birthday of Connectedness (officially Friday but I can't wait that long) and in tribute to the power of networks, I want to honor the dozens and dozens of unhappy Sears customers who have turned my blog into the #1 Sears customer relations website. That's right, if you Google "Sears customer relations" there is only one website ranked higher than mine, and it's the Sears Investor Relations site--a mistake, clearly--so I like to think that my site is the true #1 Sears customer relations site on the Internet.
How did this happen? It's all about "harnessing the power of networks," baby! One day I posted a story about a bum refrigerator (with a happy ending no less) and three years later that post has risen through the Google ranks, gathering comments with ever-increasing network power. Now I am host to 31 tales of Sears customer woe (and counting). By the way, that does not include the emails I get regularly on this topic.
Within this experience is an important lesson in the reality of "harnessing the power of networks." No matter how well I learn this lesson, though, it fails to soften the sting of knowing that my broken-refrigerator story is the most popular page on my blog by a factor of two. This does not feel like it is burnishing my SNA-guru credentials.
Still, it could be worse. Thanks, everybody, for not posting anything illegal on my site (unlike Digg).
Connectedness year #4 promises to be our best, most network-harnessed yet!
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