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

Google Moves One Step Closer To Being "Social"

a) Google knows all* about content.
b) Google knows something about some people (those with Google Accounts).

Google is now putting 'a' together with 'b' and starting to link (some) content with (some) people. No big deal? Not really, Facebook does that already, in fact Facebook probably knows all* about some people. But Facebook is a closed ("walled") environment, you're either inside playing or outside looking in, and despite what Facebook may think it's a very VERY small playground.

Google plays on the World Wide Web.
It does this by utilising ever increasingly used standards (OAuth for instance) - this is a much larger playground. For more on this use of the basic building blocks see Breaking Down What's Happening on the Social Web by David Recordon at O'Reilly.

One small step towards a truly global "social net".
And this is a worry for the closed environment dudes which explains why Facebook immediately shut down access to Google's Friend Connect (story, Facebook's version)

It's also probably a worry for those that think "social networking is just gay!" - perhaps they should read Social Networking for the Anti-Social by Mark Hansen

* all = loads, more than anyone else


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