Social media: revolution or fad?

You might have seen the video.  It’s called Social Media Revolution and it’s already gotten over 400,000 hits on YouTube since its release only a few weeks ago.  It tells a story through numbers about the furious growth of social media around the world. Facts appear on the screen in rapid succession with haunting music in the background: “If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s 4th largest.” “By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers. . . 96% of them have joined a social network.” “Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.”

It spews its facts so fast you can barely digest them, which is how many people feel about the pace of virtual updates on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Will it ever stop coming at us and demanding our attention, fractured as it is because we’re sifting through emails, texts, all while uploading our latest photos to Flickr?

According to Erik Qualman, who created the video to promote his new book, Socialnomics, it won’t be stopping any time soon. And if you don’t want to be left behind, you’ll embrace the social media revolution:

I had a chat with Qualman about what all this means for us and our careers. Following is a condensed version of our conversation. {Read the rest at Yahoo!}

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