Full disclosure: I admit I am a technology geek and, unabashedly, a Google fanboy. I am always fiddling with my gadget of choice (my Google Nexus One phone), customising my Google Chrome browser and I constantly try to outsmart the office’s laptop and its ‘restrictions’. You may ask why do I spend valuable time and effort on activities like these?
Well, I demand technology to work for me, to get the most value out of pieces of technology I own or paid good money for. But most simple technologies are made available to me for free, so being Singaporean, free is holy. But, above all, the driving motivation for this is to increased productivity and efficiency, both for my personal and professional uses. (Particularly useful when I was studying too).
Being the avid foodies that we are, the wife and I are always on the lookout for new food joints to satisfy our cravings. Our problem is, being Muslims, finding halal establishments in Singapore can be quite a challenge. The halal foodie depends heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations, googling the Web and physical ‘stumbleupons’ to discover new food places (sometimes food blogs such as ‘Yok Makan!’ offers great recommendation). But most times though, halal food places remains top of our Google search list.
Not for much longer though. The mobile web will save us all.
How can a company who gives its product away for free be extremely profitable (billions in revenue!)? Chris Brogan says it nicely here on how Red Hat does business by involving the community.
In a really connected world, no one can go it alone. Apart from the community that supports and develops your products (in tech at least), listening to your customers (end-users) must be the easiest way to gain insights, to polish your wares. But sadly, that is not always the case.
This Red Hat video says it very well and succinctly. The community-driven enterprise: it works!
By now you must have realised my fascination for augmented reality. It has all been really ‘cool’ without much real-life application (yet) outside of games and layering the real world with the internet. Fancy but still too techy for most folks.
This is something else. The United States Postal Service has come up with a brilliant use for augmented reality. For the CUSTOMER. Not an exhibition.
A breakthrough perhaps in a real life use for augmented reality (anyone else seen anything similar being developed? Please comment if you have.) So, have you ever wondered if that teddy bear gift you bought will fit in a packing box for shipping? Now you can find out yourself with a camera and internet connection. No need for ‘guess-timation’ or looking out for that measuring tape that is never around when you need it.
Can SingPost develop something like this? I say it would be the norm rather than a novelty in the not-too-distant future.
Excellent, this is technology for the customer. Watch video below and be convinced.
Funny thing is, I have never received a newsletter from Twitter. Nor any other communication since signing up.
Or you have and it is really just me?
Maybe they haven’t figured it out yet. Probably thousands of others like me have explicitly given them the permission to speak directly to me. And they’re not jumping on to this? They need to read a Godin.
Or they haven’t hired anyone to do this. Or set it up? Too busy on the technology or how to monetise perhaps?
Here’s the official line from Twitter’s own help page.
I have been a user far much longer than 6 weeks, spill the beans already!
A slides primer on Social Media below for those still grappling with its enormity (ie. Bosses). I like this for its simplicity AND for the cold hard facts and stats on social media. VERY important for any business decision making. Especially crucial when you need to convince your dino-boss on this thing called Social Media. And don’t ever forget to remind your boss when he “gets it”: its always a two-way thing.
Maybe social “media” is a misnomer; it should indeed be “social conversations”. Much prefer that actually.
I can see the future of Augmented Reality technology. It’s a a matter of time. See videos below for my absolute conviction:
Was just commenting this on a colleague’s post on Web 3.0. Indeed, the possibilities are endless. A bit intrusive, but like how Tat‘s technology has showcased in the video above, that can be easily remedied. Simple, like changing profile on your mobile phone.