Confronting an incredibly seductive array of "devices" we sometimes forget that the foundation of any society is the ability of its members to interact, communicate, and compromise for the common good.
Strong relationships in business are imperative, and they are made stronger through regular, face-to-face interaction. When face-to-face isn't possible, business professionals need to look for other ways to make themselves visible.
The sad account of Tyler Clementi's short time at Rutgers exposes a deficit that feels like a missed opportunity: direct conversation. To me there seemed to be an alarming lack of simple human interaction around him in his final days.
With new Apps, new databases, new social networks being developed, etc., none of these replace the face-to-face meetings where the experienced search professional makes the world seem like "it's a small world, after all."