Archive for décembre, 2009

Should I tweet or should I blog?

Lately, again, I have been wondering how long it would take me to resist falling into twitter… Well, I still don’t know about it even if a few friends have tried really hard to push me into it :-)

Blogging is quite comfortable indeed… this is a format that let me collect and publish info at a (slower) pace I can follow… I realize time cannot be extended if I still want to get some sleep every day…

Then I’m afraid twitter would require more time and things to say and I don’t know if I have some much to share with the world around me… I’ll give it a bit more time before I think again about it…

Meanwhile, I found two excellent posts about new media (and twitter) addiction… and necessity :

Happy new year and let’s be ready for next communication challenges in 2010 !

And, as a starter for 2010, a late version of « le saviez-vous » (in French) about the impact of new technologies in our lives…

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Think before exposing your face(book)

Well, 300 millions users … this is a global phenomenon! Facebook, from time to time raises concerns about privacy and this is probably legitimate since privacy settings are changing…

But, Tobias Verhoog in his dec. 4th post (The Top 4 Risks You Face When You Use Facebook) reminds us that privacy is mostly a user’s problem!

Most users are having trouble with their Facebook profile being used against themselves because they’re not aware enough of who can read infos on their page…

In Tobias Verhoog’s post, the first example is quite relevant in that respect :-) Besides, listing 4 top risks makes it easy for most of us to handle it… Come on, four obvious steps to continue surfing on Facebook and surviving to it… That worth the reading!

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Web is mobile

December is usually good for predictions… Every specialist on the web will try to make up, or at least relay, trends for the next decade and they usually agree on most of the points!

On ReadWriteWeb, Sarah Perez comments recent predictions made by analyst firm IDC about the future of web usage… Well, these predictions are just in line with what has been written last two or three years… Web is going to be essentially mobile (more than 1 billion users by 2010)! That means more and more content producers will have to manage information on a smaller screen and stick to the point (KISS principle… if you forgot about it). I guess the 140 characters twitter format is not dead :-).

While IDC may not predicting the death of the PC, it does believe that in 2010 mobile devices will eclipse PCs in several areas – or at least come very close. For example, the firm claims we’ll see more than a billion mobile devices connected to the web by year-end. That’s almost as many mobile devices as internet-connected PCs, the latter which will total 1.3 billion. Also, the growth rate of mobile devices is 2.5 times that of PCs.

Then, trends towards mobile web already strongly observed in Asia and developping countries will probably generalize as they are « surfing » on Apple-like smartphones… and waiting for the next generation of iPad…

So is it the end of the web as web know it? Are we going to surf through multiple iPhone or Android applications instead of classical html/php/javacript… pages? How many devices will be able to connect to the web that way? Who will win the smartphone OS war to impose new standards?

I’m looking forward to seeing all this happen… Maybe this is web 3.0 happening on smaller screens!?

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