Detroit vs. Montreal at NHL All Star Game

19 11 2008

Check out the results of the NHL All Star Game balloting.  Clearly there was some kind of campaign in Montreal, as the host city leads all starting lineup votes in a landslide.  This presents an interesting evolution of sorts.  It was just a matter of time before the power of social networking via the internet made online polls and voting mechanisms ripe for abuse.  It used to be that hackers were the biggest threat, but now it’s whichever interest group is committed enough.

Maybe I’m looking a little too deeply into this, but I don’t think so. Considering that reports suggest Obama raised $100 million bucks through Facebook and Twitter, it’s clear the power of network trumps all.  And I’m not saying this is a bad thing.  I’m actually all for it.  But it really should cause companies to rethink how they use online polls, surveys and voting mechanisms.  It represents yet another example of how the ‘power of the many’ is becoming a major factor.

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