The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Yahoo!: The Web's Future Is Not In Search - my view

Josh over at Read/Write Web has reported that Yahoo! are claiming that search will not dominate the Web as it currently does.

My view (left as a comment on Read/Write Web):
Future isn't search?
Possibly - I think it comes down to what people use the Web for. Most people currently don't 'live online', they hop on to do stuff - search will find them places do 'do stuff' (wanna book a train in Mongolia, Google it and away you go).

If, however, people* may start to use the Web as the place to 'be' - this is where I share my photos, write my draft novel, talk with my mates, watch "TV" ... then search may well become secondary.

Ultimately, I believe that they will co-exist.
For instance:
I wake up, check my emails, have a natter over the webcam with my Father in Wales, see that the team is online and finish off writing the business case together.
At the same time I need to book a train in Mongolia, find out if Fat Freddy's Drop is playing tonight and where the venue actually is.
All the time I'm keeping an eye on the 'filtered' RSS feeds for what's happening in the world that interests me.
I then watch a wee bit of Joost, check out for some relaxation and fall asleep.

(I'm sure I'd talk with real people in the real world ... if I could fit it in)

The system/site that can do all that will probably never exist, but it might be presented in one place ... a "homepage". The concept of sharing the functionality (widgets/gadgets) and info (common/micro formats) is probably the glue to having it all happen.

And so - Yahoo! are tackling one area of the Web world, Google the other, Netvibes yet another - there's room for them all.

* Normal people, not us Web 2.0 early adopters :-)

Your view?


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