Importance is an idea that has existed forever but is being applied very differently in the Internet age. It's a simple cave rules notion relating to one's contribution to a community create some form of their importance in the community. It is the essence of why sites like Wikipedia work. Dale Carnegie's recognition of importance as a central motivation for many of people's actions in the seminal "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was one of the earlier usages in relation to importance in modern society. Importance is now used by almost all community content sites as a method of ranking the members of the community, and allowing those with higher rank more power in the community. It's a powerful concept that can be seen throughout society but in this regard it is just referring to it as a system by which a site can order content or allow administrative power based on upon some method of recognition of contribution. Ecommerce sites are now beginning to rank and value community contribution in this same way. Digg.com has become the master of creating importance and avoiding spammers who seek rank only for promotion. In the past one's importance was generally limited to work, [ - ]
- People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.
- The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as a means to other account, and not merely as a means to other things, are knowledge, art instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
- Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.
- Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
- My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.
- You are important enough to ask and you are blessed enough to receive back.
- Physicists know what's important, but they don't know what is true. Mathematicians know what's true, but they don't know what is important.
- Much Ado About Nothing,