Monday, January 25, 2010

Yup, more linkage and notes

CNN Tech Predictions
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 12/22/09

Sparked by Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, the real-time trend has been to the latter part of 2009 what "Web 2.0" was to 2007. The term represents the growing demand for immediacy in our interactions. Immediacy is compelling, engaging, highly addictive ... it's a sense of living in the now.

Why wait until you get home to post a restaurant review, asks consumer trends tracker Trendwatching, when scores of iPhone apps let you post feedback as soon as you finish dessert? Why wonder about the name of that song, when humming into your phone handset will garner an instant answer from Midomi?

Location, location, location
What's clear is that location is not about any singular service; rather, it's a new layer of the Web. Soon, our whereabouts may optionally be appended to every Tweet, blog comment, photo or video we post. (all the better to make sure the review of the coffeehouse is your coffeehouse with that name, not one in alabama)

Augmented reality
Enabled by GPS, mapping data from the likes of Google and the accelerometer technology in modern phones, AR involves overlaying data on your environment; imagine walking around a city and seeing it come to life with reviews of the restaurants you walk past and Wikipedia entries about the sights you see.

Cloud computing
Cloud computing was very much a buzzword of 2009, but there's no doubt this transition will continue. The trend, in which data and applications cease to reside on our desktops and instead exist on servers elsewhere ("the cloud"), makes our data accessible from anywhere and enables collaboration with distributed teams.

Internet TV and movies
Is 2010 the year the majority of our television starts coming to us via the Internet? There's certainly more activity here than at any other time: Among the early-adopter set, Hulu, Boxee, Apple TV and Netflix's Roku box lead the field.

Convergence conundrum
Who wants to carry an extra device?

Mobile payments

Fame abundance, privacy scarcity
Warhol was right: Fame is now abundant. Social media has birthed a galaxy of stars in thousands of niches: We're all reality stars now, on Facebook, Twitter and all the myriad online outlets where we hone our personal brands.
We're seeing the ongoing voluntary erosion of privacy through public sharing on Facebook and Twitter, the rise of location-based services and the inclusion of video cameras in a growing array of devices.

Libraries are all about the sharing
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 12/20/09
Sharing... Responding ... Engaging
Libraries have been about sharing things like books and collections and sharing knowledge like answering questions forever. Is sharing muttating? How do we adapt to remain what we are?I love the conclusion: "Everyone who Shares is an Influencer". Therefore librarians are influential.

Two Great SlideShares
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 12/20/09

communication, conversation, participation = community

Put it out there
Encourage response

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