What the Internet did for you in 2011

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My year-end post for the Harvard Business Review asked the question, What did the Internet do for you this year? In that post, I wrote:

Appreciating the moments when our online work and lives just click tells us that all this time we spend online is not a compulsion, but a well-deserved choice. And noticing the patterns in what’s worked well in the past — the online campaigns that consistently hit home runs, the social networks that bring us joy after joy, the content that elicits meaningful conversations — can help us invest in the activities that are most likely to pay off in the future.

In that spirit, I’d like to ask HBR readers to share their online triumphs from the past year — the moments, experiences and tools that have wowed, delighted and empowered you.

Some readers weighed in via the comment thread, but I’ve also seen lots of interesting answers on Twitter. I’ve rounded up some of them here:

@ asks what did the internet do for you in #2011? For all Arabs, it has enlighten their way towards 3freedom http://t.co/w2D7w6ka

@bilalak

Bilal Abdul Kader

Work hard ! RT @: What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/OoTQnuBv

@kevinsigliano

Kevin Sigliano

My horizon of all things social from a biz perspective was broadened. What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/bBUtKXLZ

@LucyNiro

Lucy Niro

RT @: What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/WmwyB2sn For me it made my life a lot fuller.

@fcoanguiano

Francisco Anguiano R

Got us get involved with the #national discussion on #leadership http://t.co/ypeRaCAx What did the #internet do for you http://t.co/McnAxu6E

@TheForumCorp

TheForumCorporation

RT @: What did the Internet do for you this year? Hopefully, we helped you score #deals + #save money! http://t.co/WQdgBhzy

@DailyDealChat

DailyDealChat

Giving thanks for the internet this holiday season from @ — biz opps+knowledge sharing+deepening relationships http://t.co/6i0PEhqx

@kateeidam

Kate Eidam

What did the Internet do for You 2011? http://t.co/p1AyMRky Invest in the activities that are most likely to Pay Off in the future.

@Hammarstrand

Hammarstrand™

My horizon of all things social from a biz perspective was broadened. What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/bBUtKXLZ

@LucyNiro

Lucy Niro

Complicated the system for booking appts… 😉 RT @: What Did the #Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/mhATYUJM @

@Davi_Edlebeck

Davi Edlebeck

“@: What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/Eheg2oD3” // Took hours of my time!!

@anaristizabal1

 Ana Nanitanana 

But I really wanted a pony. RT @: What Did the Internet Do for You This Year? http://t.co/OHi6DtnD

@randomhookup

R Hookup

Thanks to everyone who helped define the highs of Internet life this year — on Twitter, on HBR, on this site and all over the beautiful web. You’re my inspiration for 2012.

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