Technology is our friend: September 2010
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September 21, 2010

Und Foursquare macht auch langsam ernst. Gaaaaaaaanz langsam, aber immerhin!

Wer sich fragt, wohin Foursquare eigentlich will und ob die Reise Twitter-mäßig ein paar Jahre ganz ohne Geschäftsmodell weitergeht, der kann sich zwei Anwendungen ansehen, die vor kurzem "live" gegangen sind und die meines Erachtens schon in eine eindeutige Richtung weisen. Eine davon halte ich für richtig smart und aus meiner Sicht riecht alles danach, als ob Foursquare einfach auch nur ein paar Krümel aus dem Google-Kuchen mitnehmen will. Und weil dieser Kuchen a) riesig groß ist und b) ständig wächst, kann man mit ein paar Krümeln durchaus eine Art Imperium aufbauen.

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New Goldmine: Stream Filtering. My6Sense.

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September 20, 2010

How frustrating ...

... must this be for the at least 500+ people in each of those companies who warned from the very beginning not to sell out the whole value chain, years ago (including me .-). Check this quote from MobileCrunch:

"French newspaper Le Figaro has reported that Stephane Richard, chief executive officer of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices. The talks, which are scheduled to take place October 8th in Paris, are motivated by a view that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have become a “Trojan horse” for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain."

By the way: I don't have words nor an analogy to describe how shockingly dumb that phrasing as a "trojan horse" appears to be. That would imply that "the horse" came disguised, appearing to serve a totally different purpose than establishing customer relationships. And that carriers admit that they did not see it coming. Come on.

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September 17, 2010

Das „neue Twitter“ macht es noch schwieriger, eine Brand Homepage zu unterschätzen. Oder Feeds zu überschätzen.

Vieles aus diesem Beitrag habe ich auf Englisch bereits vor ein paar Tagen hier veröffentlicht. Weil aber das „neue Twitter“, die wohl größte Weiterentwicklung seit Launch des Dienstes, weiter Wasser auf diese Mühle schüttet, macht es Sinn, den Beitrag ein wenig weiterzuspinnen, dieses Mal auf Deutsch. Grundgedanke ist es, dass sich die Verbreitung von Content grundsätzlich im Web, insbesondere durch Facebook und Twitter, massiv gewandelt hat. Es ist nunmehr nahezu irrelevant, WO ein Content originär erschienen ist; dafür ist es von extremer Bedeutung, ob er es in hinreichend viele Newsfeeds der Teilnehmer dieser beiden dominierenden sozialen Netzwerke schafft.
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September 16, 2010

Will new IE9 start a comeback?

Since Internet Explorer 9 has been released today and personally I find it quick, slick and smart, I wonder if Microsoft will be able to get back market share - qualitative market share with the internet-savvy. I thought it would be interesting to check on the browser share on this site and see - in a year or so - if something has changed. According to Wikipedia, the browser share worldwide in August 2010 looks like this:
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September 15, 2010

Why Google will succeed with GoogleMe or pay any price for a huge network

Very interesting presentation. A few years ago, I spent a lot of time trying to explain the "network effect" to a trillion people in Bonn and Berlin, with very limited success which was literally frustrating. Should have brought this guy in instead... or at least use his slides (Ok, the deck is from 2009).

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Very seldomly these freakish graphs from bizarre business plans actually come true

unfortunately, in most cases, in other businesses. Like Twitter.

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September 14, 2010


Besides the Commodore 64, I don't think there is anything more symbolic for my generation and its relation to electronics than "Super Mario" himself. On September 13, 1985, the first "Super Mario Brothers" game was introduced in Japan. Super Mario taught us that it is not the looks nor the preconditions that will bring us to the princess, a metaphor for success in any part of our lives, it's the heart. Happy Birthday, Mario.

There's a thousand reasons why you have to love Mario, but if you're interested, you will find my top 10 below.
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September 7, 2010

List vs. Feed: Changes in content distribution or why I don’t think that Apple's “Ping” is meant to be a real social network

I have written a bunch of blog articles on Homepages vs. Facebook Sites (like this one in German), on news distribution via Facebook and Twitter, an overflowing news feed on Facebook and related topics. The background is that content distribution has changed dramatically in the last few years. No matter if you are a news site, a TV station or simply a brand that communicates about its services or products, getting people to actually notice and perceive your messages has become complicated. Only a few years ago, you would work on your homepage on the one hand and spend advertising and search engine money to get people to your site. There, your information would be published and perceived. Nowadays, an information might be published somewhere in the web originally, but it is not bound to its place of origin. You would find pieces of content embedded, copied and duplicated at many other web locations.
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