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The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man | New York Magazine

Incredibly, Mark Zuckerberg has grown up to become an ace CEO—one whose way of thinking might drive Wall Street nuts.

Interesting read. Also; a good motivator to come up with some new posts. Not that there’s anything wrong in particular with the Boy-Man’s looks, but I can’t have that face staring back at me from my front page for too long.

digithoughts:

The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man | New York Magazine

Incredibly, Mark Zuckerberg has grown up to become an ace CEO—one whose way of thinking might drive Wall Street nuts.

Interesting read. Also; a good motivator to come up with some new posts. Not that there’s anything wrong in particular with the Boy-Man’s looks, but I can’t have that face staring back at me from my front page for too long.

— 1 year ago with 9 notes

App vs Web in a mobile environment: post-2.0 is here

Present is still here: what we consider future trends are already fighting for tech supremacy. What has been defined “Web 2.0”, a summed up of dynamic, content-driven, interactive products, is leaving room for mobility.

Everything is going on mobile, and everything is a part of a path towards regulation and constriction of Web. Social network are nothing else that “walled gardens”, which push users not to go anywhere looking for URLs, but apps aren’t any better: they take you where they want, representing just a surrogate of what one could do with World Wide Web.

You’ve got the Store, you’ve got problems or needs, Store provides you solutions with its apps. Are you sure it’s really what you were looking for? Or you’re just contenting what they give you, not finding it by yourself in a wider range of choices?

The truth is that a “free and unlimited” Web isn’t a concept, neither something which can find appliance in reality. Everyone needs only a subpart of Web for his usage or interest, so what is done by social networks or mobile apps can’t be considered scandalous: they offer you what you need…or what you think you need.

Going mainstream means you have to face popularity and common men needs. You have to get simpler, you have to centralize and share. In few words, you have to use apps and webapps to give a reassuring reference to these users.

The more mobile devices (smartphones, tablets…) will get bought and used as a substitute of notebooks or desktops, and not just a gadget to play, the more apps will win over webapps. The actual trend, however, is that people keep on using PCs for their “serious” applications…but maybe it’s just a matter of time, and habit.

— 1 year ago

#mobile  #app  #webapp  #smartphone  #tablet 
The need for an Instagram about videos

Instagram story has taught a lot of things, to everyone. It’s been an example, and I’m not sure it can be considered “good” or “bad” example, neither.

If one shall look superficially to Kevin Nystrom app evolution, he would deduct the following key points:

  • It’s more important to buzz than immediately monetize, for a startup
  • When you have a good idea, try to launch it and be acquired, instead of developing it for a long term

It’s something that created a trend, followed by many developers and startuppers, with successful or failed cases.

One of the first question was: what about something similar to Instagram but related to video sharing, instead of photo? SocialCam was one of answers, maybe the most famous.

Launched by Justin.Tv on March, 2011 and available for both iOs and Android devices, SocialCam has topped two millions of downloads, very good numbers even if small compared to Instagram’s.

SocialCam users can share their videos with their friends, using Facebook and Twitter API, and apply several filters. Is it enough to make it as “The Next Big Thing”? Past events would confirm it, but videos aren’t pics, they are a more complex kind of media.

Users can take a photo with just a click, but a video is something more thoughtful, and the YouTube presence is heavy. It’s often true that if you like sharing videos, you love making it public, not only with your friends.

Do we really need a video version of Instagram to go mainstream? 

— 1 year ago

#instagram  #social  #socialcam  #video  #youtube 
Is DuckDuckGo a real deal?

Web search is changing fast, maybe faster than everyone could imagine.

Google is changing at the same speed. None can blame them for it: social factor has increased drastically through last years, in a way that it’s not possible not taking it into account.

It’s a fact that user’s perspective versus Google search is changing, too. Many people consider Google’s quality and relevancy worsening, not always for rational reasons.

Born as an example of usability and minimalism, Google’s SERP pages have reached out an unnatural complexity: too many items, vertical search, and now social search. Complexity is difficult to handle, even for a such powerful and celebrated algorythm.

What it is really upsetting users are worsenings on relevancy and mostly privacy issues. Google isn’t always giving out best results for any kind of query, it stores your web behaviours (navigation and interests) and, if you use a Google account, all your personal datas.

DuckDuckGo was born and has found followers working on this fear. This search-engine, founded by Gabriel Weinberg, has a clean interface and doesn’t use tracking policies, but it capitalizes on crowdsourcing infos from other websites (Wikipedia, above all).

The big-earning corporate vs little independent nichè non-profit site? Quantity vs Quality? Not so easy. DDG gives out very good results, but its index isn’t so wide and complete. Initially they didn’t put ads, but actually they do (first result on SERP page).

Is it a real issue being tracked? Maybe just for a minor part of users. Majority of them has a social network account, so they’re used to have a “tracked” privacy. Using DuckDuckGo is like using Google at its beginnings. The difference is that Google already exists and I don’t think we need another one. We need semantic search.

— 1 year ago

#duckduckgo  #google  #search  #seo