Haven’t done this for a while but I’m shutting down my machine after a few days of use and there are some interesting tabs open in my browser:
Jeremiah Owyang: CMS Vendors Starting to Enter Social Software Scene – if you need any proof that CMS vendors are eyeing up the social space, check out Dell’s IdeaStorm and MyStarbucks Idea. Both created by Salesforce.com. If you’re a content management system, unless you’re an open-source CMS and people are writing their own social applications, you need to find a way to optimize your product for social interaction and community. Jeremiah’s “sneak peaks” into what he’s working on as a Forrester analyst are invaluable if you can’t afford the price of the reports he authors!
TechCrunch: Hacking the Facebook Platform – this one got sent around the FH Digital mailing list over the past few days and one of my colleagues had some bold predictions on where this could take us. I’m paraphrasing without consent but my colleague believes we’re looking a Web that’s based on users, rather than content and that Facebook will be the Web’s killer app, acting as the portal for people’s Internet experience as they use the recommendations of “people like us” to navigate the myriad content. I think I’m skeptical of this – but only in the proper noun being used. It may not be Facebook (too many spammy apps, not enough critical mass) but it may well be that niche social networks start to provide this gateway experience to the niches they cover.
Buzz Canuck: 1/2 year guesdictions – Sean’s one smart guy (sports opinions notwithstanding) and I agree with a lot of what he’s saying. Note the exodus FROM Facebook which would support the above paragraph (it’s almost as if all this stuff is related!). I also hope his prediction about less use of mobile devices within moving vehicles is on the mark – I hate seeing drivers on their phones and think it’s almost as bad as drink driving.
Scott Adams on water parks and rides. Hilarious.
When I ask myself what sort of engineered structure would make me feel safe, I generally think of materials created for NASA, or perhaps some sort of steel beams forged in the furnaces of Mordor. But wood? To me, wood is in the same structural category as playing cards and toast. I decided we “didn’t have time” to ride the roller coaster.