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In 140 characters tell me why map reduce is important?

This morning Lance Weatherby, a local Atlanta venture catalyst, asked a simple question on twitter – “In 140 characters tell me why map reduce is important please.” When I saw the question it made me think about the answer. All of us who cover the cloud-o-sphere take terms like map reduce for granted. However, unless you are working directly with cloud computing or you have a BS from Stanford, you probably won’t have a clue why every one is so excited about these terms. My initial one word twitter answer was parallelism. Then I added a second word – multi-core. However, I guess my answers were lazy ones compared to others. Here is a list of great answers posted this morning to Lance’s and my re-tweet question…

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