There is a sister thread for this specifically about social media (Weekly Discussion: Has social media changed Guiding?) as although there is some crossover things like Go, Join Us and email have had more of a universal impact on volunteers (there is no way to run a unit without at least one leader or an assigned unit administrator being online as an example). Without a doubt the internet is one of the biggest changes to society over the past thirty years. I read a piece the other day saying that more or less the "wild west" days of the internet are gone, interest in using the internet is no longer niche, because of professional or hobby interest and its harder to be anonymous. Largely is that its no longer really optional to completely stay offline and still be able to access most services with ease. For some leaders it may have isolated them away from volunteering. Rather than just having a paper and pen list of everything some degree of internet literacy is required. But for others it may have brought them into volunteering after they saw an online recruitment ad. Having records electronically also means that no individual is responsible for keeping paper records. If a leader suddenly leaves Guiding there is no need to fret over the loss of all the records. What do you all think?