Imagine that you can’t connect to Google+, or Facebook, or Twitter for four weeks. How would you feel? For someone who gets jittery when I lose my connection for a couple of hours I have no idea how I would feel. Certainly, if I unplugged for four weeks I imagine I’d feel the way most people would if they took a month off work and then came back in the office: a mixture of stupid and obsolete.
Tragedies have a way of magnifying everything. The very best and the very worst of us has surfaced during times of extreme need and extreme emotion and the Boston bombing was no exception.
We live in the connected age of the knowledge economy. Even street sweepers are brain workers requiring no fewer than 30 hours of training in order to learn how to operate correctly the complex vehicles that clean our city streets.
Social media does not only create the kind of radical transparency that makes seasoned politicians run for cover and bank CEOs wish for the pre-internet days to return, it also brings uncomfortable questions into the light of day.
In 2011 BP became responsible for the biggest oil spill in the history of the planet and in 2012 the Bank of America revamped its fees structure seemingly charging its loyal customers for the pleasure of their association with the institution. Predictably both companies accrued more than their share of critics in the online community. But none of this was enough to help either company win the title of most hated company in America; a singular honor bestowed by Consumerist through a voting system on its site.
“Ask and you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22) may be Biblical but social media is proving that it is far from a dying art form. As a matter of fact so many wishes seem to just come true on the web that you can be forgiven for wondering whether it’s time perhaps to give up that day job and simply get online and beg.
Over a short four month period, between December 2011 and April last year, I wrote two pieces on wearable tech that in retrospect look pretty prophetic. The problem I am facing right now is that having written those two posts there is little I can now say that will not be either derivative or repetitive.
Given the outcry that Google’s decision to kill Google Reader has caused amidst the devoted online tech community you can be forgiven for thinking that Larry Page does nothing else each day than pace up and down in his GooglePlex office thinking what product he can give the chop to, next.
The challenge of any presentation lies in the choices you will make of what to present and how. A presentation is always a stage with you as the main prop. If you bear this in mind you will then avoid the primary trap of producing detailed graphics and content that requires a lot of reading and concentration from your audience to get right.
Search is the way we navigate the web. The ability of search engines to organize over 30 trillion pages of information essentially shapes the web, creating a sense of structure out of the seeming chaos of terabytes of information piling upon terabytes of information.