Why this? Why that?

February 25, 2011

What if the paradigm changed?

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — jluraschi @ 5:52 pm

Is the amount of time we spend, for instance, is the time spent searching the web reasonable at all? What about reading mail or looking for daily deals in Groupon or LivingSocial? Same for Facebook? What do all this sites have in common? Is it that for the most part one needs to do the “work” of finding or constantly checking daily deal sites through web sites or mail? Does this sound very much like a “pull model” where users have the burden of retrieving what they need by themselves? Could the time we spend be improved by changing from a “pull model” into a “push model” where services actively offer a service rather? Are there already services with the “push model” around? Twitter and Facebook push text messages to users and the new service, DaWurm, recently started pushing daily deal alerts through text as well? Is this model better and a game changer perhaps? What if instead of searching for something, search services knew the context of our lives? What if they knew our calendar appointments and predict the information we need, process it and push it to us? How would this services look like? A bit like Pandora perhaps?

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October 24, 2010

Why do great products fail to succeed?

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , — jluraschi @ 3:12 pm

Suppose that you find a way of sending messages to the past and after winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Mark Zuckerberg hires your services to send a message to himself around 2000 to start working earlier on Facebook. Mark from 2000 gets the message and has Facebook (as we know it today) fully functional by 2001.

BTW, back in 2001, Wikipedia and Yahoo would have look more like this and this.

Were we ready for Facebook in 2001? Or would we have been just too creeped out by sharing our life’s in the web back then? Perhaps the generation that adopted Facebook would have been ready but they would rather be in high school with limited connection to internet? Would it have worked? Even for the university students back then, would they have been connected and interested enough in the web to build momentum around Facebook? In other words, was the concept of Facebook really invented or was it rather meant to be implemented at the specific point in time when people already had the need for it?

If there is already demand for a product that has not been created, is it more important to create it first or create the best? Did it really matter the efficiency of the light bulb when it was created or just get it to work? Can a product succeed without being launched at the correct time? Would it be possible to create awareness to shift its timing and make it succeed? Back in 2001, how expensive would it have been to provide the correct awareness to make people live their lives in a different web-connected way? Did Facebook change the way we live or did we changed the way we want to live?

June 6, 2010

Is HTML outdated?

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , , — jluraschi @ 6:00 am

Why does Google Trends show a decline for “HTML” as a search term? Is HTML outdated? Is the web browser becoming outdated as well? Is the web browser getting replaced by specialized apps that provide an immersive experience using newer technologies like multi-touch?

Google Trends – HTML

Google Trends – HTML vs Touch

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