I read an article in The Guardian by Samuel Gibbs about devices once used regularly that were replaced by smartphones. The list is lengthy and includes: simple mobile phones, landline phones, pay phones (the kind available in public places, not “burner” phones), point and shoot cameras, the Walkman, Dictaphones, cheap laptops, portable TV’s, pocket calculators, watches, alarm clocks, and GPS devices.
A recent Economist blog post entitled, “Google and Android: They have a plan” compelled me to add it as a bookmark, so that at some point in the future, I can compare the status of Google’s advancement on tracking Internet-connected devices and website content, otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IOT) coined by Kevin Ashton.
Frans Johansson (author of The Medici Effect) has written a book, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World, with two provocative ideas. The first thought is that success is random. The second is that individuals and corporations can do more to shape their success by identifying and focusing on the opportunities as they occur.
There can be little doubt that social networking has become a significant part of many of our everyday lives. An article last month in Wired Magazine explains that not only has the phenomenon taken hold in our personal lives, it has become a coveted aspect of the online industry with the largest internet powerhouses vying for the opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of personal information we share everyday on such sites.