Whereas Pinterest focuses on collecting stuff through photos, Tumblr is a blog platform for expressing collections through multimedia (photos, video, quotes, text).
My most popular Tumblr posts are typically a compelling photo plus one or two insightful sentences. The same goes for Facebook, where pictures produce higher engagement than videos or plain text.
Pinterest is merely carving a niche out of something it knows works really well and focusing on that. Instagram is keeping it equally fun and simplistic with pictures on the iPhone. In a way, Pinterest fulfills the Instagram web browser experience.
People like collecting things and showing friends and followers these interests in the easiest way possible. For Pinterest, a picture is a thousand words.
I usually hop on the newly released apps quick, mostly because I want to see how they may disrupt other mediums or compete against mainstream platforms.
Path is the latest app getting praised around the web. It’s actually been out for a year but the second version is a such a major upgrade that reviewers are saying it’s the most beautiful app on the iPhone yet.
I downloaded it last night, tried to sign up only to fall asleep at the welcome screen.
I’m sitting this one out. It’s more exciting to read the reviews rather than using it when none of your friends are on there.
I may give the app exploration in a bored state. Maybe it is the next game changer? Maybe not.
I’m so stretched on other platforms it’s hard for me to imagine actively joining a new one. Beautiful and all, this is the main thing Path has against it.
There’s a good chance that your data has passed through 60 Hudson Street.
I’ve always wondered where personal data actually lives and what center is feeding it to the world. Like a protective shell, the buildings keep the machines charged up so the world can do its business.
The internet appears invisible to the end-user but the pipes are physical.
I may be more productive working from home but I don’t prefer it. Work is a team sport.
We’re digitally connected everywhere and all the time, but nothing beats the idea generation that arises from face to face interaction.
We’re hardwired to be social just as we’re hardwired to move and exercise.
I think we should have the option to work one day every two weeks from home. Doing so would save money on gas and give people a sense of rest, even though they’re merely stressing from their own desk chairs.
Personally, I love the feeling of waking up and riding the train to work into New York City every day.
I read the newspaper and write every morning, which takes a good 45 minutes in any case. I also like observing the sights and sounds and stores of NYC which inspires ideas for my blogs.
Story short: a little bit of telecommuting every now and then doesn’t hurt anybody.
The Vladmir Putin booing video is circulating the Russian blogosphere. A few years ago, the only video footage could have come from the state which would have never released it.
Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street movement persists, using the power of its own Twitter handle and hashtags to spread its message to the millions of others connected on Smartphones.
Smartphone messaging only works if others have them.
Imagine a North Korean capturing and distributing anti-government content only to be seen by the world and not at home because no else has a Smartphone. That’s a message with mass without the relevance.
My gut tells me that the uncontrolled nature of content produced on the Smartphone will go unfettered for a few more years while governments across the world drum up smarter ways to counter negative sentiment. For this, the government needs technology companies which as of now, mostly serve the public and not the states.
The state will hire hackers to manipulate search results, monitor social media, and product more viral state messaging.
All it takes is one monolithic government like China to quell the instant buzz of Smartphone messaging. And like the global weapons program, China will sell its public monitoring software to other controlled states like Russia.
After two days with the Amazon Kindle Fire, I feel expectedly disappointed.
The immediate flaws: Slow processor Heavy, like an old brick cellphone Screen shifts vertical-horizontal unpredictably Manual newspaper download The Economist looks like someone scanned it in No twitter app
The positives: Cheap Good video quality Loads of content Fits in your hands like a glove
Had I not had the ease and simplicity of the original Kindle and an iPhone 4S, I might have less observations and expectations and be more happy.
However, I kind of expected this outcome but hedged on quick software improvement. No online retailer is better than Amazon at listening to its customers.
My suggestion for others thinking of buying the tablet is to stick to the basics and buy a touch Kindle instead.
And maybe, just maybe, the price of the iPad comes down:)