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Nå er det fredag ettermiddag og det er kun en før valgkampen starter. For mitt vedkommende blir det til å delta i minnes markeringen som skal holdes i Bærum, sammen med de andre partiene som stiller liste. I god Bærum ånd blir det nok at stille og høytidelig affære.
Dessuten har vi idag fått valgmaterialet for både Akershus og Bærum og jeg synes det er rart å se sitt eget bilde som kandidat i flott fargebrosjyrer, men hva gjør man ikke før at MDG skal begynne få politisk innflytelse, både kommunalt og på fylkesnivå.
Det aller siste er at min egen iPhone app er ferdig, den ligger ute, så det er bare å laste ned, så er jeg både nysgjerrig og spent på å se resultatet. Kommer noen til å bruke den, blir det enda et kontaktpunkt for oss som er engasjert i politikk ?
Til sist synes jeg det er meget hyggelig at Trine Skei Grande, Venstres partileder, tok opp hansken på min utfordring, håper på at det blir noe godt for alle deltakere i den demokratiske debatten videre.
Etter mye tvil har jeg også har konvertert til iPhone tenkte jeg gjøre en meget uformell spørreundersøkelse, hvilke apps er det folk faktisk bruker. Jeg har pr idag fire sider som jeg bruker, laster opp apps og fjerner, men de to første sidene blir de som jeg bruker særdeles mest.
Her er mine to første sider med litt kommentarer:
Første siden er vel ganske så selvfølgelig synes jeg, alt i god sosial medieånd, at Shazam ligger der skyldes datteren som hører veldig mye musikk på radion og hun vil jo vite hva det er. Tweetie 2 er den beste Twitter-klienten mener jeg
På side 2 har vi noen litt mer spesielle ting: MLB at Bat er en helt fantastisk app hvis man er interessert i baseball og her mener jeg at både NRK og TV2 kan hente litt ideer hvordan man syr dette sammen. SnapDat funker helt strålende for utveksling av informasjon som visittkort osv. PS Mobile er Photoshop Light, ordner bildene du tar på 1-2-3. PGA Golf er til for de som liker å følge med på hva som skjer på golffronten, finnes f.ø en flott app for helgens Masters i Augusta. Matprat og Matglede er to norske gode apps for oppskrifter. SVTPlay er svensk television som har gjort en super app, her finnes det fantastisk mye morsomt å se på! Og til sist, MLB WS 2009 mener jeg er den beste sportspillet, baseball. Men skal vel innrømme at RockBand kommer faretruende sterkt,,,,
Så, spørmålet gjenstår, hva bruker du??
It’s fun to trash the search-monster’s Buzz, but there’s a method to its social networking smart-phone madness
Is this what world domination looks like? On Wednesday, Google announced it was building an ultrafast, one-gigabit-per-second broadband network designed to showcase “innovative” Internet applications. On Tuesday, Google launched Google Buzz, integrating social networking functions into Gmail. Last month, Google debuted its Nexus One smart phone.
So in little more than a month, Google has invaded the turf of the biggest telecommunication companies (Verizon, AT&T, etc.), directly challenged the reigning social networking giant (Facebook), and taken aim at the most fetishized gadget of the 21st century — the iPhone (Apple).
Even Microsoft, in its heyday, was never quite that ambitious. The multiple fronts on which Google is battling — and the huge prizes at stake — make the old Microsoft-Netscape browser wars look like a water fight waged with busted pistols. The scale at which Google hubris is operating is absurd: We will index all the world’s information, upload all the books, deploy the fastest network and design the coolest phone, while simultaneously managing your e-mail, pictures, blogs and anything else you’d care to upload to our online repositories.
There’s a natural urge to react negatively to so much expansionism, and it’s painfully visible if you dip into the Twitter-storm currently boiling over on the topic of “Google Buzz.” People who seem to have spent no more than 10 minutes exploring the service are wondering what’s the point, labeling it an “epic fail,” and, most popular, questioning why the world needs yet another social networking service.
It’s a valid point — especially since Google’s already toyed with at least two previous such networks (Orkut and Jaiku) . How many microblogging, status-update delivering, picture-and-video linking vehicles does one person need? With Facebook, a critical mass of my friends and family are already connected and happily sharing pictures and links and news — why would I want to try to rebuild that functionality elsewhere? What is so compelling about, as Greg Merritt, a guy whom I am suddenly getting Google Buzz updates from simply because we exchanged some bicycle related e-mails, observed, “a long-winded Twitter with awkward privacy management and tie-ins to everything that matters except for the 800-pound gorilla of Facebook.”
But there’s a pretty obvious answer to that, at least for people who already use Gmail. Adding functionality to a core platform in your life is much more attractive than setting up yet another entirely new service. Integration that works can be seductive — and Google is very, very good at making things work. I’ve been playing around with Google Buzz for half a day, and it is the easiest thing in the world to keep tabs on while checking my e-mail. Suddenly I find myself strongly considering making more use of Google Reader and Google’s Picasa photo app just because of how simple the integration is.
Gmail, Google Maps and, of course, the Google search engine are already second nature to millions of people. We should be paying less attention to how Buzz matches up to Facebook and Twitter in isolation, and much more to how Buzz might leverage all the other pieces of Google that we already use.
At The Big Money, Chris Thompson has a very smart piece arguing that Google’s real play here is for the mobile device world. Once you combine your social network with Google Maps and the GPS locator in your smart phone you open a whole new world of irresistible connectivity. A friend of mine recently demonstrated the app FourSquare on his iPhone while shopping at the local grocery store. I was mildly interested to see that there were three other FourSquare users in the Berkeley Bowl at the same time as us. I would have been considerably more interested to learn if friends or acquaintances of mine were nearby, or around the corner — something that would be extremely easy if my Facebook network or Gmail contacts were mapped to my mobile whereabouts.
More important, Google is hoping that its ability to figure out what is “relevant” will translate into something more than just a few useful search results.
If you’re looking for a good nearby restaurant, Google Buzz will let you scan all the public posts about establishments in your area. You can even navigate this visually, placing yourself on Google Maps and scanning a universe of public comments about anything posted in your immediate vicinity.
This is not only useful; it’s a stab at changing the paradigm of social media. With Google Buzz for Mobile, Google is attempting to make where you are and where you’re going the most important criteria for ranking status updates and posts.
In other words, Google Buzz will try to show you what’s most useful to you, using your network, depending on where you are and what you are doing.
At PoynterOnline Will Sullivan points to the obvious corollary: The potential for targeted advertising is immense. The more Google knows about what you like and where you are the easier it will be for ads to pop up on your phone that are genuinely useful. (Or genuinely annoying.)
Google’s rivals are desperately pooh-poohing Google Buzz as nothing new. But they’re just putting on a brave face. In the future, we’re all going to be using smart phones as our primary interface to the networked world. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google — everyone knows that. Whoever makes that phone most useful to us as we negotiate our way through our lives will be well on its way to becoming the most powerful corporation on the planet. World domination, indeed.
I’m sure many of us criticized Apple’s first generation iPhone as sorely lacking in the technology department. However, no one can doubt the buzz the impending launch of the iPhone OS version 3.0 has created. On the flip side, if we can look through the marketing, we can see that there is a very clever strategy at work here.
Kontra from the very excellent Counter Notions blog has a great analysis of Apple’s iPhone Strategy and how it has evolved from a device into a platform.
In summary, the first iPhone generation introduced us to a device that could pull in all your Stuff in a logical manner. The 2nd generation 3G iPhone created a platform where, by leveraging on the iTunes store, you could download all your Stuff. Finally with the release of iPhone OS 3.0, (very apt don’t you think?) Apple plugs up most of the holes we have been complaining about and almost perfects the product. Thus making it.
Apple consolidated its gains, marked its territory of 30M users+25K apps+800M downloads and built a very deep and wide moat around it. A moat so formidable that there’s not a single smartphone player capable of overcoming it.
Apple also methodically eliminated the vast majority of iPhone’s “missing” features: copy and paste, landscape text entry, global search, notifications, MMS, voice memos, new calendar format, Notes sync, stereo Bluetooth support, extended parental controls, browser auto-fill and anti-phishing… pretty much anything else that may have given potential customers a pause previously.
Another thing I like to add is that great products do not have to be 100% right the first time. Getting a product shipped that 80% right but with a 100% intrinsic benefit to your user is a lot better in my humble opinion. Just make sure to reiterate and improve your product very quickly after you have launched it.
This strategy is like a good baseball swing. You need to have a good follow through after you take your shot. Unfortunately the follow through is what many companies are just not good at doing.