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Google Co-Founder Complains About Facebook, Apple and Splinternet

April 17, 2012

Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently explained that if the web was dominated by Apple and Facebook, his company wouldn’t have access to enough information to start its search engine. The idea is that the restrictive policies of Facebook make crawling its pages challenging if not impossible while Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad apps are generally not searchable.

He further explained the challenge to the internet from governments like Saudi Arabia, China, Iran and even the US where internet access is either limited or threatened to be limited very soon via regulation which is the case with proposed legislation like Sopa and Pipa.

In January of 2008 I discussed the rise of the splinternet – or a splintering of the homogenous internet we once were accustomed to using.

Twitter Buys Posterous: Point, Counterpoint with Peter Radizeski

March 13, 2012

Twitter just announced it has picked up blogging service Posterous and as a past user of the service I must say, did find it useful at the time I used it. Before I continue however I'd like to set up a point counterpoint where TMC blogger Peter Radizeski will present the negatives of this deal while I present the positives.

Here are Peter's thoughts:

  1. So Twitter, the micro-blogging platform, acquired a macro-blogging platform, Posterous.
  2. According to the Twitter blog,  the key to the acquisition was the staff?
  3. They wanted the talent. How often does the talent stick around after the culture shifts?
  4. Sachin Agarwal, founder and CEO of Posterous, goes from being a CEO to a Product Manager. In some cases, that is okay of Agarwal gets to pursue a passion or a goal he was seeking. 




Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 is Good But Late

February 22, 2012

It is clear that the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 upgrade which includes a first-ever email client needed to be perfect. After all, we have been waiting for this major release since May of last year. Sadly, it isn’t all it should be. It is however much better… The integrated email client is a great improvement over web-based email solutions users were once forced to use.

Will Nimble 2.0 take Social CRM Mainstream?

February 14, 2012

Recently consumer products manufacturer P&G – one of the largest advertising spenders at over $9B announced it will cut its marketing headcount in-part because advertising on Facebook and Google is more efficient. The maker of Gillette and Pantene products is not alone; in-fact the business world is focusing heavily on social media including Google+ and Twitter.

But while it is understood by many web-savvy companies that social is important – how many of them are embracing social CRM? My informal analysis shows the numbers are very low meaning there could be huge room for growth.

The Only Way Google can be Successful in Consumer Electronics

February 10, 2012

Yesterday I detailed how Google IS the tech news of the day and folks, this search leader is ambitious – more so than Microsoft ever was. In addition to a Dropbox killer and massive Google+ growth I outlined in this recent post, the company is also getting into the home entertainment business through its Motorola Mobility acquisition. Specifically Google will release a self-branded line of consumer electronics allowing you to stream music throughout your home.

Google already has a cloud-based music service so obviously there is synergy there but the only way I see this strategy working is by Google doing things differently.

Google+ Growth, Dropbox Killer: Google IS the Tech News

February 9, 2012

Google has entrenched itself is so many areas of tech they have become the technology news of the day. First off, Google+ growth has been nothing short of fantastic, in part because the company has altered search results to put more emphasis on this social network. Every SEO/SEM professional has had no choice in the past few months to get up to speed on the latest social network from the search giant. And this in part is the reason why it has half the unique visitors of Twitter according to web traffic tracking site Compete.

Rewards Network, the Social Restaurant Hub

February 7, 2012

In the last few decades it has become apparent that all companies are for the most part limited by their imaginations. Apple was thought to be a computer company but is now a leader in music, movies and phones. Amazon went from selling books to everything – even its servers are for rent via its cloud-computing solutions. Google went from search to purchasing Motorola Mobility and is well known for being involved in many projects from solar to self-driving cars and the television space.

Creative Destruction Sometimes Leads to Sabotage and Suicide

February 1, 2012

While Silicon Valley welcomes the fantastic news of a Facebook IPO today and the countless millionaires it will create it is worth reflecting on creative destruction thriving in the business world where new generations of companies win at the expense of the old.

In a way the iPad is the evolution of computing where the PC market led by Apple and IBM destroyed the Wang word processor and the typewriter before it. If Wang invented a tablet it would have a green screen and be character based - not too user friendly.

Still, for workers who have to deal with job loss and declining working conditions as a result of such transitions it is a tough challenge. Suicides and Sabotage are detailed in this article titled LA Times: Layoffs, Sabotage and Suicides?

There is a common theme here and it is that information work is still in demand while tasks involving manual labor are on the decline.

This is a similar transition the US faced when we moved from blacksmiths making horseshoes to factory workers putting fenders on cars.

The challenge we have is there are tens of millions of people who didn't grow up in the electronic age - they have to immerse themselves in tech if they want a chance at getting a piece of the booming new high-tech economy.

Everyone needs a safety net and spending an hour a day after work to become technically savvy is just like buying a career insurance policy.

In a former life I was in IT and my job was to train people how to use computers - I can tell you that at around age 40 - the brain seems to go through a transformation where it becomes difficult to learn tech. So really, whatever you do for a living,
you really owe it to yourself to learn as much about technology as you can.














Google: Can it be Everything to Everyone?

January 27, 2012

Google is the new Microsoft but boy are they faster than Redmond ever was. Part of the reason has to do with the search engine leader’s access to the eyeballs of almost every human on earth via its home page but another reason for the blistering speed of the company has to do with the speed of innovation – which I recently described as (Moore’s Law*Metcalfe’s Law)/Patent Lawsuit Activity.

What we saw happen to Microsoft is telling. As they expanded into market after market like IPTV products like Internet Explorer and their mobile strategy seemed ever changing as did the name of their mobile operating systems.

Alternion: Manage 220+ Social Connections From one Dashboard

January 26, 2012

Let’s face it – social networking is time consuming. I believe part of the reason for the meteoric rise in social networking these past few years has to do with a miserable job market coupled with the fact that social is free and people are cutting the cable cord. But even with unlimited tim,e managing video sites like YouTube and Vimeo as well as Flickr, a blog, Twitter, Facebook, email and other networks is a herculean task requiring you to take your mental vitamins.

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