Archive for January, 2011

Reposting: The 2010 Web

January 15, 2011

Reposting from a year ago – The 2010 web.
Coming soon – 2011 predictions.

According to Scobel …

1. It’s real time.
Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed are all moving toward architectures and displays that refresh in real time, or let you see what’s happening right now. We are at the extreme beginnings of that trend. You really should watch the video of the panel discussion I moderated on the state of real time search to get a sense of where this is going. That panel discussion will be remembered for years as a key point. One of the panel members runs Facebook search team. Yes, Facebook is working on real time search. (That video is in two parts since the meeting ran almost two hours long. I really do recommend watching it. Part I is here. Part II is here.).

2. It’s mobile.
You’ll see this more next week when the Where 2.0 conference rolls into town, but if 40,000 iPhone apps hasn’t convinced you yet, nothing will. On Monday I’m meeting with Nokia to find out the latest.

3. It’s decentralized.
Look at my behaviors. I’m all over the place. Six years ago I did only one thing: blog. Now I Flickr. YouTube. Seesmic. Friendfeed. Facebook. Twitter. And many more. Go to Retaggr and see all the places I’m at.

4. Pages now built out of premade blocks. (widgets)
You build these pages by copying a line of Javascript code to your template. This is very simple once you see how to do it, but for someone who doesn’t know code, or where in the template to go, this is VERY daunting. Silicon Valley has NOT made it simple enough yet for the mainstream to build highly useful pages. See the friendfeed block to the right of my words? I added that by copying and pasting from the friendfeed widget page. If you know where to look a TON of cool pre-built blocks like this are available for you to put on your website or blog.

5. It’s social.
This seems obvious to anyone on Twitter or Facebook, but how many businesses add their customers to their pages? Not many. Silicon Valley has done a horrible job so far of explaining why adding people to your websites matters.

6. It’s smart.
We’re seeing more and more smarts added to the web every day. Tonight Wolfram’s new search engine turned on. Have you played with it? That’s the 2010 web and check out what you can do with it.

7. Hybrid infrastructure.
When I visited in Santa Cruz they told me they were using a hybrid approach: they own a rack of servers but they also use Amazon’s S3 to “cloud burst” or take up the slack for files that are popular. My employer Rackspace will have more to say about that trend too over the next few months.

View Scobel’s entire blog post

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My initial thoughts…

Watching the social web evolved over the past few years, I think Scobel is right on. Other things I’ve noticed:

  • Brian Solis sums it up well when he said, “There’s too much ME in Social MEdia.” Too much focus on “What are you doing?” and “What’s on your mind?” We’re so busying trying to create our identities, we sometimes forget how to make meaningful connections. What about asking “What inspires you? or “Who do you want to thank?”
  • Social Media is sociology, not just technology. Tools alone don’t make it social. You need people to make it social.
  • The target audience is getting younger and younger. Kids today as young as 5 years on on Club Penguin on Webkinz. Is that too young? Do they actually get what they’re doing?
  • One of my favorite quotes – “MySpace and Facebook were cool until old people jumped on and ruined it.” So tell me, what age is considered old? (Don’t answer  that.) One thing I can say about about this… Facebook has trained a good percentage of new online users how to upload photos, embed links, leave comments, rank content and share stuff. My mom sends less spam email now because of it.
  • People are no longer afraid to blend personal with professional. In fact, it adds a human element to business, which can easily get lost in the process of institutionalization.
  • What’s next? Enterprise 2.0 – Doing more meaningful business. The SHARE economy. Connecting dots faster internally and doing business differently.

What other trends have you noticed?

blog Blog BLOG

January 13, 2011

Kubrick theme
Most people start blogging because they like to write, have stuff they want to share, or just want to be able to say,

“Hey, man. Have you checked out my blog?”

Well not me. I started this blog way back when to see how well I can trick out the original Kubrick theme. I saw all the different themes in the WP theme gallery, but I was a determined to use the little html I knew on the default layout and see let the content be the design

Plus, the color pallette of the Kubrick default theme matched the colors of my #IT Pound It! brand. And soon after, I married my love for writing and multi-media into this blog. For other bloggers out there…

What was your first blog? Ang what made you decide to start blogging?

Looking back, then forward

January 13, 2011

About 10 years ago I bought my first digital camera. An Olympus something, 3.1 mega-pixels. The first week I had it, I dropped it and the flash broke. Probably one of the best things that could’ve happened. It forced me to learn how to use available light. And today I find flash to be generally obnoxious, washes people out, especially point-and-click cameras that fit in your pocket.

I lived in losAngeles at the time, and I remember walking down Melrose one day just clicking pics of random stuff. I ended up clicking more than 250 images. My little memory card was full. When I got home I downloaded the pics, browsed them quickly and picked about 20 images. Then I narrowed them to 9 images, and this is what I came up with. It was weird, as if the images arranged themselves.

Random images on Melrose

The crazy part… I arranged them and was able to interpret it almost instantly. I found so much personal meaning in complete randomness. So quickly, effortlessly, no thought went into it. And it felt like visual poetry.

LOOK and BODY are in opposite corners, and they represented the materalism and the gym/fitness that engrossed my life at that time.

FLOWERS and CITRUS occupy the other corners. Nature. The romantic in me (Ha!) and my love for the outdoors. During that time I was walking up Runyon Canyon almost daily, religiously. I loved it.

PISCES and ARCHITECTURE are center top and bottom. Outer space and earth. Opposing forces of dreams and structure or discipline. Left brain, right brain. At that time it seemed easy to balance both.

Middle left and right are ENERGYand LUCK. The rays represent energy, like Keith Haring’s signature pop art. The sum of those digits equals 21.

Last but not least, FAITH remains at the center of everything.

This collage feels so balanced. And at that time I felt my life was balanced.

Looking back. Reflection and introspection. This exercise is helping me look forward. And I am looking forward to more life balance in 2011.

What are you looking forward to in 2011?