Mobile – Changing the World

What impact is mobile having on our behavior?  What changes have happened because we have these cool, powerful smart devices with touchscreens and more information that we could ever imagine right at our fingertips?  How quickly do we respond?  How quickly do we search for more information?  Well if you are like me, we are very quick on the trigger finger.  Do you see what I did there?  🙂

A few stand out stats:

  • There are currently 6 Billion mobile subscribers worldwide
  • This equals 87% of the world’s population
  • China and India account for 30% of this growth
  • There are over 1.2 Billion people accessing the web from their mobiles
  • Over 300,000 apps have been developed in the past 3 years
  • Google earns 2.5 Billion in mobile ad revenue annually

These are just some of the compelling reasons why you can’t afford to ignore mobile as a platform now. Thanks to the guys at Trinity!

86%?  Must be some men in that statistic.  Hmm, thought we could not multi-task?  Actually we can’t as we can only pay real attention to one screen at a time. 🙂

In the US 25% of internet users are mobile only.  So it is the only way they access their mail, web, photos etc.  As most of us are still using both the PC and our mobile devices, this is an amazing statistic.

There are significant cross-cultural differences in how we use our mobile devices.  Check it out.

Capturing our attention these days is also quite difficult.  However when you do, stuff happens:

Amazing statistics for an amazing, transforming technology.  Check out the full infographic at:

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/infographic-2012-mobile-growth-statistics/

Enjoy the day.

Webman

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Your Very Personal Pizza

As you know, information about you is being collected by many different organizations.  Companies like Acxiom and Experian for example have databases with your name on them and somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,400 attributes, from where you live to your demographic profile, magazines you may read, social sites you visit and so on.  Other companies such as your grocery store are capturing all of your transaction data so they are fully aware of what you purchase, when you purchase it and how much you paid for it.  Medical companies have databases on your health, the types of prescriptions you take etc.  Credit card companies know where you spend your money, on what and when.  Your phone company knows every call and text message you make.  Your smartphone provides many cool applications, most of which are “location based”.  Even your EZ Pass knows where you are, where you are going and where you have been.  Your neighborhood has a rating for crime, sexual predators, school ratings, walkability and many other facts that we find useful when selecting a place to live.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We live in an information society where privacy has nearly been eliminated.  We live in a society where the amount of data being captured about us everyday is just staggering.  We live in a society that has the technology to munge (technology term) all of this data together and create a profile about you so they can “personalize” their experience with you.

Click on this link for a demonstration on what it may be like in the near future when you order a pizza.  Turn up the volume and watch the screen.

http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

So what do you think?

Please post your comments below for all to see.

Have a great day!

Webman

Doodle.ly – New Draw Something

We have chatted recently about the incredible growth of Draw Something.  Viral growth that is just staggering.  Here is a quick summary of what has happened at Draw Something. I posted these statistics two weeks ago so I am sure they have gone up.

Some fun facts about Draw Something:

  • Launched 7 weeks ago
  • 20 million daily active users
  • 37 million downloads
  • 3 billion drawings since launch
  • 1 billion drawings last week
  • 2,000 drawings per second
  • Number 1 app in 85 countries

Pretty impressive stuff.  And now a new player has joined the scene (pun intended). The application is called Doodle.ly – www.doodle.ly.  It is only available on the iPad right now but given the huge interest in Draw Something, this will likely be the next destination for the artist inside all of us.

The site, which describes itself as “a social sketchpad for self-expression, creativity and inspiration” lets you create and share your wonderful pieces of art on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on the Doodle.ly site. The cool part about Doodle.ly is that you can run into some amazing artists randomly, so this site is set up just for that.

If you find a piece of art that you like, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, or pin it on Pinterest.  The Doodle.ly iPad app brings a much better drawing experience, and has the pencil, ballpoint pen, highlighter, marker, and eraser that the site lets you use. You’ll also be able to browse work done by others, which will surely help the network grow once it gets more social features.

Take a look at this doodle.  Many artists out there just starting to tap into their creative sides.

Take a look.  I am not much of an artist, but always amazed by how creative people can be.  The Doodle.ly iPad app takes this to the next level of social engagement.  Do you think Facebook will buy them for a billion dollars, like Instagram?  Stay tuned.

Webman

Sunglasses at Night

Looks like many people will start wearing glasses soon.  Not because their eye sight is deteriorating, not because the baby boomers are getting older, not because lasik surgery has been discontinued but because we will be able to use sunglasses now instead of our smartphones.  What?  I am just getting the hang of this smartphone thing and I can already move on.  Not totally, but once you read this, you might say, COOL, I need a pair of those.

In an article published in the New York Times recently, people who constantly check a smartphone for bits of information will soon be able to retrieve most of that information from a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.  The glasses will use an Android-based operating system and look like a pair of Oakley Thumps.

The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly,but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.  The glasses would tap into a number of Google software products that are currently available, but will display the information in an augmented reality view, rather than as a Web browser page like those that people see on smartphones.

Apparently Apple is working on a product as well.

I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Watch you live and breathe your story lines
(And) I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Keep track of the visions in my eyes
While she’s deceiving me It cuts my security (has) She got control of me I turn to her and say
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades,
oh no I can’t believe it You got it made with the guy in shades, oh no
(And) I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Forget my name while you collect your claim
And I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can See the light that’s right before my eyes

Sunglasses at NightCorey Hart

The glasses will have a unique navigation system, one that uses your head to scroll and click. They will send data to the cloud and use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby.  Privacy hounds will have a field day with this one.  Now they are going to track whatever we look at.  Gentlemen, this could be a real issue.

So get ready for the next thing everyone.  Soon you will see everyone in glasses rolling their heads in all sorts of new ways to scroll and click.  I wonder what will happen when you roll your eyes?  🙂

Webman

Ch, ch, ch, ch changes!

Hey Coacha, just go buy a Mac 🙂

For so many years Microsoft was the big dog in desktop and laptop computing.  They were the 800 lb. gorilla and were feared by many as being the dominant player in the marketplace, squashing the competition, eliminating innovation, not giving other companies the chance to be in the game.

In the lawsuit, United States v. Microsoft was a set of civil actions filed against Microsoft Corporation pursuant to the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 Section 1 and 2 on May 8, 1998 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and 20 U.S. states. Joel I. Klein was the lead prosecutor. The plaintiffs alleged that Microsoft abused monopoly power on Intel-based personal computers in its handling of operating system sales and web browser sales. The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. Bundling them together is alleged to have been responsible for Microsoft’s victory in the browser wars as every Windows user had a copy of Internet Explorer.  For more about this case go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft

My how things have changed.  Here is the current market share for the top web browsers:

Not that long ago Microsoft ruled the software world.  With the proliferation of the internet however, the rules of engagement changes and so did the playing field for the competition.  Along came Google, Safari  and Firefox in the browser space, and then of course Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, You Tube, Tumblr and all of the other initially web based applications.  Then the mobile world came and with it over 500,000 new applications have been developed to engage consumers in everything related to their respective lives; games, directions, shopping, reference, sports, social.  Yes there is an app for that!

Browsing on mobile phones sucks.  Most web-sites are not mobile ready.  This is one of the key reasons why apps are so awesome.  Easy to use, all of the important functionality is included and it is quick and easy to navigate.  Awesome stuff.  Not a mention about Microsoft in this world. I own an iPhone and it is a terrific product.

Speaking about the iPhone, here is an interesting fact for you.  Apple’s iPhone business alone is larger than all of Microsoft’s businesses combined.  In case you were not listening or are multitasking, let me say that again.  Apple’s iPhone business alone is larger than all of Microsoft’s businesses combined.

The iPhone is responsible for over half of Apple’s total revenue.  Apple is now significantly larger than Microsoft’s. Actually, it’s more than twice as large.  Last quarter, Microsoft brought in $20.89 billion in revenue. Apple brought in $46.33 billion.  Oh did I mention what the market caps are of these two companies.  Microsoft is $253 billion – Apple is $423 billion.  Things have changed indeed.

Time to sing along to Bowie:

I still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test, Ch, ch, ch, ch changes

Just when you think you figured it out it will change again.  Enjoy the day.

Webman

The one thing that is constant is change.  10 years from now it will be different but for right now, Apple rules the market.

Pinterest – Go Visual!

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Linked In, YouTube, Google+…the list of social networks vying for your attention is already long and continues to grow.  Everyone wants your time; they want to connect you to all of the folks in your life; they want you to share all of your experiences with as many people as possible.  These companies make it really easy as you can post to Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and many of the others from just about every article you read, picture you view, video you watch, text you send and thought you might have.  OK, we already have enough of these options, do we really need another? Yes you do, Pinterest 🙂

In a nutshell, Pinterest is an infinite bulletin board for your favorite pictures and interests.  When I was young I had a pin board in my room for the important things like news articles, pictures, sayings, news clippings, etc.  Same thing, just totally digital and really easy to do.  Best of all you can now share your interests (Get in PIN INTERESTS!) with anyone you want, not just the people that stop by your home.  Geez, I think I just dated myself a bit.  OK, I am coming clean here.

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, curate, and discover new interests by posting (AKA ‘pinning’) images or videos to their own or others’ pinboards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. The social network is focused on lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discover those of like minded people. The social network’s goal is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Users can either upload images from their computer or pin things they find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet.

As with most other social networks, users can perform standard social networking functions such as following the boards of their friends, liking and commenting on other users’ pins, re-pinning content to their own boards, sharing others’ pins on Facebook and Twitter or via email, and even embedding individual pins on their website or blog.  Here are some images from the Webman’s Pinterest pagesI am just getting going so the cupboard is still a bit bare.  Their search engine sucks right now but I am sure that will get better.


Pinterest still operates under an invitation-only basis. That being said, you can request an invitation from Pinterest.  Visit www.pinterest.com, click ‘Request an Invite,’ and enter your email address to be notified when you have access to create your account. Or you can ask a friend who already has a Pinterest account to invite you.

If you are interested in learner more about Pinterest please read more by accessing the following Hubspot article: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/31147/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Mastering-Pinterest-for-Marketing.aspx#ixzz1l4tEVJvA

Pinterest is fun, easy and full of incredible ideas, concepts, sayings and inspiration.  Check it out when you can.  You might just find yourself using some of those other social networks a lot less.

Let me know what you think about this blog by commenting below.

Have a great day.

Webman

The Art of Focus

How many times have we all used the word focus?  With ourselves, with our children, with our co-workers.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”- Ferris Bueller

Classic, but I digress.  Life does move really fast these days and if you do not look around you will certainly miss the most important things in your life.  If you are like me, we are all juggling so many things that many days are just a blur.  Husbands and wives running in different directions: children trying to grow up and face the everyday challenges of school, social, sports etc. (I think it was easier when we were growing up but that was a while ago so my memory may not be accurate).  Keeping up with changes in technology, news, work, play, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, banking, working out, eating healthy, facebook, twitter, linked-in, business meetings, networking events, even a party or two now and then, sports…….I am exhausted just listing these things.

What we are most challenged by everyday is our ability to focus on what is important and to not worry about the small stuff.  Much easier said than done, I know.  We make lists, we prioritize, we get handed honey-do lists – we have lists at home, lists at work, lists of projects, lists of people to call – we have handwritten lists on paper, post it notes, on the refrigerator and if you live in my home, small little lists and reminders on post-it notes all over the house as subtle reminders of the daily to-dos.  So many things to do, so little time.

In order to be more successful in everything that we do it is critical to remain focused on the items that move the needle.  At work, what are the items that you work on that truly make a difference to the business and to you?  Here is a technique that I learned many years ago that has worked for me and one that I have used on many occasions in business.  It is called the Start, Stop and Continue technique.  Make a list of the things you do everyday (Separate business, life, goals, home etc.) and ask yourself the questions.  What should I stop doing?  What should I start doing?  What should I continue doing?  Do this regularly as priorities, goals and impact changes constantly, just like life.

Additionally think about the things that are really important.  I found this today and wanted to share – 10 questions that create success.  I know I am giving you another task but this one is worth it.  I am asking myself these questions starting today:

  1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
  2. Have I done something today that improved the world?
  3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?
  4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
  5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
  6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
  7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
  8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?
  9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?
  10. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

So slow down, take a breadth, enjoy that cup of coffee or tea in the morning and think differently.  Has worked for Apple, so why not you?

Please let me know what you think of this blog by commenting below.

Webman