The question I ask myself is what new tools the Twitter community – soon to be known as “the Internet” at this growth pace – needs. There are plenty of desktop and mobile clients, innovative front ends, automated tools. But what’s missing?
Here’s a startup idea that will make make the world a better place: Replace guide dogs and white canes with mobile streaming video.
This one is so useful. It was invented in 2001, and indeed I don’t remember seeing anyone walking their snake before that. All snake owners where holding their breath waiting for Mr. Donald Robert Martin Boys to invent this ingenious serpent leash.
Robert M. Pirsig was right about technology being ultimately not scary. He was also right about the human relationship part, although he didn’t anticipate the rise of the social networking and its effect on human interaction. All these new members of the middle class connect with each other through their computers and phones. Their usage patterns, much like ours, gives a new meaning to the word “friend”.
Now is the time to start a company and be ready to meet the market when it needs your product.
Brian Solis over at TechCrunch wrote a great article about roughly the same concept I wrote about here. Brian is much more eloquent than I am and drives the point home nicely. I particularly liked the part about keeping marketing and sales going full steam ahead; just like him, I’m also a little biased…
One aspect of the current economic down cycle that nobody seem to care about is the shortage of ideas about the future. People are so obsessed with discussing the dire situation that coming up 5, 10, or 20 year plans for a better future is not in vogue anymore.
In this digital day and age, the first thing a recruiter does is to Google you. Did you ever try that? You would be surprised with what comes up. Can you control the search results? You bet. Should you care? Only if you want to move ahead in life. Your digital brand is being built as you read these lines, through your and your friends’ contributions to the online elephant that never forgets. Rather than sitting back and watching it building itself, you can take a proactive role in shaping it, to ensure it plays to your advantage when you need it.
As you can see, I’ve changed theme here to this amazing design by Evan Eckard, published by Smashing Magazine. This is a good opportunity to ponder on the importance of a good design. More specifically, the relationship between effectiveness and aesthetics in web design. Craigslist.com is ugly but wildly successful. …