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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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Good communication through email

In times when communication budgets are shrinking and everyone is thinking how to communicate efficiently without any money left… using emails could again be a good alternative for communicators and marketers.

However, everyone knows from having to go through tons of emails every day, that it is difficult to be actually read!

imedia_connectionRyan Buchanan from iMedia connection recently wrote a very comprehensive article about 11 email design best practices. Among these useful tips are different advices about email layout (think of your users reading mails on their mobile phones for example, or of those who do not display images… by choice or not…), but I especially liked the part about building the message …

Besides, you may find interesting to go through Silverpop‘s slides about Email Marketing Trends 2009 below :

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The future of the Internet

liftThere are some moments in life where you have a chance to flirt with history… This is what happened when I was listening to Vinton Cerf, one of the creator of the Internet at lift conference.

The talking dinosaur (as he called himself with a smile) captured the audience and everyone listened carefully to this hyperactive man still re-inventing the web on a daily basis.

He gave us a glimse of what the future of the Internet might be through the description of some of his projects.  First, he took time to surf on the WWW timeline to remind us of where we come from… Nothing new but when told by Vinton Cerf, it makes even more sense… I tell you… especially when the man can make you laugh so much about technology vint_cerfand his projects… Here are some quotes I wanted to share with you :

  • There’s no central power or authority that causes Internet to work – one great thing about the web…
  • Internet showed that people are willing to cooperate and willing to share information freely with others on the web
  • There’s an increasing number of mobile devices connected to the internet. And for millions of users, their first experience of the web is done through mobile phones…
  • Asia is leading the number of actual users on the web with only 15,3% penetration (vs 73% in US and 48% in Europe)

According to Vinton Cerf, here are some of the near term changes he (and others) are working on :

  • IPv4 -> IPv6 – 128 bit addresses (3,4 X 10p38)
  • DNSSEC (.se, .pr, .bg, .br, others?)
  • Internationalized Domain Names: Non Latin Unicode characters, …
  • Increasing need to segregate, compartment, protect data (privacy, legal protections, corporate trade secrets, …)
  • Huge data collections (sensor networks, WWW, digitized everything)
  • Bit-Rot problem (it’s 3000, can you interpret 1997 PPT?) – interpreting older files
  • Crowd / Cloud computing: inter-cloud data exchange (formats? Meta data?), inter-cloud protocols (TCP/IP? Other)
  • Legal Framework: Privacy and Law enforcement in a global system, Domestic/international support for e-commerce, legal value of digital signature, dispute resolution in interneational settings
  • Intellectual property protection (what new models can we invent?): existing copyright framework, new ideas (creative commons, copyleft, …), automatic detection of abuse (e.g. YouTube fingerprinting)
  • Digital libraries (Vint is working for Google at the moment :-): prospective acquisition, retrospective digitization, – user, author, publisher, library rights and responsibilities, Books that talk to each other through the web

And then, the next step Vinton Cerf is working on… :

  • creating another protocol that make interplanetary Internet possible (delay and disruption tolerant protocols) – Space Station testing planned in 2009 (so far very successful…)

This guy embodies the history of the web…. and still he’s about to create its future! Amazing isn’t it?!

… And take some time to watch the video of his presentation at Lift!

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Web 2.0 and social networking digest

Reading an article by George Siemens (Making Sense Of New Technologies And Media: An Opinionated Digest) I found some parts of his digest quite interesting :

  • Being Nomad : he reports about an article published in The Economist which asks the question about the reality of « being here » vs « being connected ». The paradox is quite interesting to read about and gives a hint of what our future could be like, and how it may change the way we talk about communication…
  • How much time does Web 2.0 take? : I never really thought about it but this article tries to quantify different web 2.0 activities. Maybe, I should ask myself the question after reading this : how much time can I afford communicating on the web?
  • The future of social networking : or how our mobile devices will help us remember distant friends or relatives
  • Here is also a great presentation about social networking (E-business presentation) which will be a good counterpart to the article above.

    Besides, you may find the following articles quite complementary to previous posts about corporate blogging:

  • Examples of great company blogs
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