Monthly Archives: May 2014

Is There a New Broadcast Movement Coming?

Keeping an eye on developments in tech is a tough job. Even more difficult a job is trying to figure out where tech is going and how people will interact with it in the future. The proponents of the Web 2.0 demonstrated a great deal of foresight in their discussions and predications of how the web would develop over the last decade or so. Now it appears a similar change is occurring in the tech world, and it has been deemed Broadcast 2.0 by some.

Over at The Next Web, Ernesto Schmitt has written an interesting article about an imminent TV renaissance of the likes people haven’t seen in 50 years. What exactly is he talking about?

In the coming years, Schmitt sees a lot of change coming to the way people consume television media. What’s the reason for all of these updates? The internet and ever-increasing offerings from tech giants like Amazon and Google. Large cable providers and their reliance on branded channels is on the way out as consumers used to the on-demand nature of the web want the same for their television experience.

However, that’s not to say television hasn’t been adapting over the years. The rise of “event TV” and shows based on that model have been entertaining people in a live setting for years. What could be coming in the next few years is “social television,” where our connectivity through mobile devices and tablets allows people to interact with the television content they used to simply consume, just like how Web 1.0 worked.

Schmitt sees the next 5 years as essential for the changes coming to TV. As the large networks and providers realize there is a huge opportunity in accessing viewers on the small screen (their phones, tablets, and other devices) as well as the traditional large screen, expect to see a more interactive television experience develop.

Happy Birthday Zuckerberg: Owner of Facebook’s 30th Birthday and the Future of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the few humans on the planet who can say they’ve created a way for a billion (and more) people to interact. What began as an idea and a project during his time at Harvard turned into Facebook, a vital part of the Web 2.0 movement and beyond. This week, the owner and CEO of Facebook turned 30.

Zuckerberg is currently ranked 26th in the world for wealth. At 30 years old, he’s still the youngest of the richest 150 people. In honor of his birthday, one writer, Ekaterina Walter, at Forbes examined Zuckerberg’s role in Facebook and the future of the company itself with Mark at the head.

Even though Zuckerberg is out of his twenty-something’s, there’s no reason to expect him to do anything differently. As the head of Facebook, Zuckerberg has always taken risks, some which have paid off, some which have been ridiculed, and some which have been flat out failures. Few people in the tech industry have the guts to take the risks or have the broad vision that Mark does.

A part of Mark’s broad vision is his Internet.org project. Many ideas like this seem to be great when they’re announced, but they lose steam quickly. However, it appears Zuckerberg has been able to bring some big brands into the fold to embrace Internet.org’s mission of bringing the web to the two-thirds of the planet still not connected.

For Facebook, Zuckerberg has other ideas. Ekaterina explains an important part about the future of Facebook and possibly the future of the web. Mobile is going to be a huge focus for the world’s largest social network. Linked to this is the fact that the development of Facebook is leaning towards becoming “an app launch platform.”

The next 5, 10, and even 15 years of Facebook are sure to bring many changes. Just ten years ago the Web 2.0 darling opened its doors to universities and colleges other than Harvard. Now there are 1.2 billion people using the service.

Tech Is Changing How We Work

A decade ago, the Web 2.0 movement we’re fond of here on our blog was just beginning to transform how users connected to the web and with each other. Sites like Facebook and Twitter started to grow around this time, heading towards the behemoth presence they have today.

Now in 2014, a lot has changed. Social media is the default communication device; hundreds of millions of people are almost always connected to the web via smartphones and tablets, and there are some big players involved in developing cloud computing like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

Despite this proliferation of technology, changes in the workplace have lagged behind the radical changes to the web and connectivity. One author at ZDNET, Dian Hinchcliffe, believes some major changes are due to the workplace and the way we work. What he sees coming is rather intriguing.

Hinchcliffe sees the beginnings of an “uber connectedness” on the way for how we do business. Computing and data technology can essentially be built into almost any product, including wearable items. The ability to gather information from such a multitude of places will give businesses and people a newfound way to analyze and manage just about everything.

Not only that, but products like wearable tech will allow for greater connectivity for businessmen and women, and they will be able to gather the data they need to make the best decisions for their respective businesses. For instance, the 3D printer movement combined with constant connectivity means more and more products can be created on-demand, avoiding the problem of over- or under-production.

Collaboration will improve in businesses large and small since people will have access to coworkers from almost any location. This could mean less time spent traditionally working in the office, making workers’ lives much more enjoyable.

Ultimately, there are big changes on the way. Some of these are going on right under our noses but won’t appear too relevant for the next two or three years. Maybe it’s time to coin these changes, Business 2.0?

Is Twitter Dying or Just Getting Started?

In recent days, Twitter has been very much in the spotlight. It looks as if the social media giant is experiencing the same problems navigating the challenges of being a publicly traded company that Facebook met soon after its own transition.

Poor performance and worries about Twitter’s growth has caused Wall Street analysts to trash the stock over the past week. This lead two authors at The Atlantic to claim that Twitter is dead, or at least dying. They even titled their op-ed, “A Eulogy for Twitter.”

The biggest problem is that Twitter users – while still growing – are becoming less and less active. Twitter was and still is one of the most important developments to come out of the Web 2.0 philosophy. The company and the services Twitter provides has changed the internet in ways unimaginable since it was first introduced.

The authors claim the feel and the culture of Twitter has changed, and for the worse. But others aren’t quite so ready to claim Twitter is finished.

At Slate, Will Oremus claims Twitter is on the verge of becoming something bigger and better. Will claims the reliance on selective (and often insufficient) evidence is creating the unfounded view that Twitter isn’t a good buy and doesn’t have the right potential to grow. Active users aren’t the most important to Will.

Will, citing the purchase of MoPub as well as Twitter’s access to a vast indirect audience, is adamant the company still has a lot of potential. It is certainly evident Twitter is facing some challenges as it continues to adjust to life with the pressures of Wall Street. How it continues to grow or change in the future will certainly determine if Twitter continues to be relevant.

It’s probably safe to say that Twitter isn’t down for the count just yet.