As of 29jun results are: 41% texting, 39% only for talking, 9% something else, 5% surfing the web, 4% taking pictures and video, 2% playing games (4331 votes)
I state the known: The strength of the Web today comes from the aggregate actions of millions of stragers. Google's impersonal robots have captured a lot of this background noise of activity and made it accessible in agreggate. Del.icio.us' rise to fame was driven by the users, turning it into the Yahoo directory of the current Web.
But, I'm not so sure if that's the whole story.
I'm more interested in how we do things and scale things with immediate social networks.
I'm amazed at how many folks are adding me as a fellow traveller in Dopplr. As with any service, I have to ask myself what is the value _to me_ of adding one more person to this network. Where do I draw the line and say that someone is a weak link that will not add value to my activities on a particular service, say Twitter, Dopplr, Flickr, or (gasp) LinkedIn.
I've been seeing a lot of studies that show that folks are being more careful when adding folks to their social networks. There are public social networks and private social networks, with different sizes and activities.
My question is not only how to help users manage various degrees of a social network (public, loose, tight), but how do we have public aggregate actions and private connected actions both inform and guide each other.
Yeah, mixed up thoughts, but part of a thread in my head.
Today has been one of those days where a few of my service providers failed me.
But, one, which I am not particularly prone to use, just rubbed me the wrong way, considering the tone of the day.
LinkedIn sent me this email telling me that there were a ton of folk 'I know' that I haven't connected to (see below).
I work for a large company and cannot possible 'know' everyone. Why does LinkedIn assume that someone who worked or works at the same place as I is a colleague I want to link up with or even 'know'? And what's with trying to connect me with some random person who worked at a place I worked at a long time ago?
And this totally scares me. I don't want to be an ingratiating service provider, with a hollow 'Namaste, Charlie' or other saccharine baloney. How does one balance the intelligence and politeness of a butler (or a puppy) without being overly courteous?
Need to get a refresher from Tom Armitage.
My note from LinkedIn:
People you know are not connected to you...
50 people from Nokia
41 people from Nokia Multimedia
1 person from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Thousands of professionals join LinkedIn every day, including people you've worked with in the past. Follow the links above to see who's joined and get reconnected with colleagues now.
At Loïc's confab back in Dec, I met Kevin Slavin from Area/Code.
Really nice guy. Clever, too.
Well, he added me to his Twitter list and I was pleased, since he was always on my mind.
Now, it looks like I we might do something together. Because of that, he now invited me to Dopplr (from Matt Jones and Matt Biddulph) so that we could make sure we hook up when our travel lines cross (we travel all too much, so it's a pain in the tusch to always try and coordinate).
I signed up, futzed around, started adding some trips. Then I decided to just see who's on Kevin's fellow traveller's list.
I think I knew personally a good number of them.
Thinking back to the number of folks I knew at reboot 9 (many on Kevin's list, too), I think I'm linked somehow to this loose but stable network of people and whenever I pick up one thread, a bunch of others I know about show up.
I'm glad I know these folks. For sure they make me think (among other things). I highly respect the cool things they do. I am tickled pink that they include me, too.
I don't know when it was launched, but I am sure all of you do.
One of the biggest downsides of going completely online with all these rich internet apps was that when you were not connected - a fair chance these days - then you were unable to do anything with your fancy rich internet app: no catching up with your email, no working on a document, no messing with your spreadsheet, no updating or accessing your calendar.
Of course, I expected there to be a day when the internet-only folks realized that they needed an offline version of their popular apps. Our team here at least understands that it's not an either-or proposition, but that there is continuum between full Web app to various mixtures of internet and desktop to some full desktop app. The internet is the network behind it all, but various degrees of local storage can do wonders.*
I'm gonna install it as soon as I have the time.
Link: Google Gears (BETA):
*Heh, this seems to be recapitulating the whole transition from dummy terminal to networked desktop computing.
Matt Mizenko sent me a link to a great rant article (click here) on The Register about how the mobile industry lost its groove (it's getting stale, but I only just read it).
There are some really good points made about how 'in the old days' the industry was a while lot better and simpler.
The [Nokia} 3210 is the Model T Ford of mobile phones. By 2000, the phone was cheap enough that almost anyone could afford it. Yet despite its affordability, it was packed with features not yet seen in the mass market; most of them market firsts. Among other things, it introduced internal aerials, T9 predictive text input, downloadable ringtones, downloadable operator logos and a user interface as easy to use as a doorbell.
But, here's a biting quote that brings a chuckle:
The N-series must surely take the cake as the world's most ill-conceived range of phones, being slower than treacle, as reliable as Windows 3.1 and clearly designed by a committee of unloved marketing droids.
Go give this article a read and let's all grumble together.
I suppose this article can be one we can point to when we get upset at the idiocy of the industry.
Fidg't (previously known as GearON) seems quite interesting, intersecting many of the areas I like - aggregation, mobile, visualization.
Has anyone played with it? Seems interesting (here's a review).
Fidg’t, Your Social Network Address Book. On the Web Fidg’t unifies your online identities, for you and your contacts across multiple social networks. Fidg’t then provides updates from your network of friends across the Web, on the desktop, and mobile. The Fidg’t visualizer is a visually dynamic desktop application that allows you to explore what your friends are attracted to. Fidg’t mobile let’s you and your friends chat, post photos, browse galleries, and share play-lists on the go.
I've been using this for a while and it really is nice. It plugs a gap between my phone and my Mac.
Dare I say Nokia is finally playing properly with Apple? Well, I don't know, but I do know that Nokia phones are no longer second class citizens in the Mac universe. This is indeed a step in the right direction. Together with iSync, you can now transfer contacts, calendar, photos, videos, and music between your dearly paid for Mac and your dearly paid for Nokia phone (alas, only Nseries phones).*
This app makes it easier to transfer music from iTunes to your phone. It also makes it easier to get photos and videos into iPhoto (and back). It doesn't work on DRM'd (hiss, Apple FairPlay) music and videos, but free stuff will be properly converted to play on your device (assuming you have the right device, yada yada). UPDATE [10jun]: It can also transfer iTunes Plus (purchased but not DRMed music). See Nokia Media Transfer FAQ on Music for more info.
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it!
The Nokia Media Transfer application enables you to transfer pictures, videos, podcasts, music, and files between your Nokia mobile device and your Mac.
*ah, but I also want to synch my to-dos and notes and bookmarks, too. sigh.
The original Palms were billed as mobile companions to your computer. In those days, the fixed computer ruled and you used a Palm to carry your important computer information with you at all times.
Well, turn around is fair play - Palm's created a larger companion for your Treo.
Heh heh. I think that's kinda funny - 'You mobile phone's companion. It's what computers have become.'
The Palm Foleo looks like a subnotebook - but it possibly the world's largest mobile phone accessory instead.