Facebook Apps Getting Crowded

The time is ripe to create an app for Facebook. You’ll instantly gain news users through frictionless sharing.

The Washington Post social reader is still benefitting from being the first social reader on Facebook. It consistently shows in my daily feed. I don’t think anyone read the Washington Post prior to the social reader app.

But the field is getting crowded. Facebook added 12 new apps today, half of them are editorial.

Every media company will create some type of app. And just like the digital music and book business, only 20% of them will get used.

Get in now while everyone knows your name.


Twitter To Lead Social Commerce?

It’s a way to instantly monetize their followers. Chris Teso, CEO Chirpify

Twitter may solve social commerce before Facebook.

Startups like Gumroad and Chirpify make it easy for merchants and consumers to connect.

What frustrates me is why Facebook and Twitter are both so hesitant to build their own native commerce solutions.  That’s potentially millions and maybe billions of dollars in additional revenue.

Four years ago people complained about the convergence of the mp3 player, camera, and email all into one device.  Everything in one is now a preference.

The bigger challenge for social commerce is just making it super easy for fans and followers to check out.  Facebook already has credit cards on file.  13% of its 3+ billion revenue last year came from those Zynga credits.  Why can’t we buy other goods with Facebook credits?

Similarly contradictory is Twitter’s behavior.  If Jack Dorsey so easily commits to censorship why doesn’t expand into social commerce.  He could have his Square team work on a Twitter payment solution.

I’m not sure what the wait is about.  Both platform have scale.  Now it’s time to monetize.


Tech Crunched

We’re rightfully obsessed with the mobile phone because it’s a content media and communications device.

Losing or breaking our phone is like losing our book reader, music and movie player all in one.

Just wait until the phone becomes our wallet too. We’ll check our pockets compulsively.

Still, the more consolidated the devices the better. I remember sticking my game boy, cd player, camera, and computer all in one bag. My parents thought my back was going to break.

Consolidation and instant access create a world of endless entertainment.

I’ve always got something to do. Maybe one day I’ll get sick of it.


Responsive Design (By Wilson Miner)

Wilson Miner – When We Build from Build on Vimeo.

Art gives meaning to empty space.

Humans are tool builders that create the world they want to live in.  New creations, or mediums, create completely different environments.  Sometimes design is clearly expressed to the creator yet  invisibile. As Wilson notes in his presentation, ”You perceive the energy of color even when you don’t see anything.”

Today’s developments spread much faster than previous technologies.  YouTube took less than 6 months to reach 50 million people, the iPhone took less than 3 years.  Radio took 40 years.  What you think is cool right now will be arcane tomorrow.

Quotes featured in the video:

The artist is always a jump ahead of technology. – Marshall McLuhan

We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. – Marshall McLuhan

The computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with.  And it’s the equivalent of bicycles for our minds. – Steve Jobs

When we build, let us think that we build forever.  – Josh Ruskin

 The medium is the message. 


Facebook Credits, The Way Social Buyers Check Out

Tweeted this earlier this morning:

And then read this:

74 percent of social media users indicate that, given the option, they wouldn’t use virtual currency, such as Bitcoin or Facebook Credits to pay for a purchase made on a social media site; and (link)

It’s just a matter of time.

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