Here’s the problem with APPS: With a tool like Tweetdeck we’d never need to go to the Circles/Google+ page, and that’s where the value is for Google. That’s what’s happened to Twitter. No one goes to Twitter.com. 80% of Twitter’s traffic is via APIs and 3rd party Apps. Twitter cannot serve you an AD if you’re not on Twitter.com. (But I’m sure in-stream ADs are coming, because Twitter has yet to figure out how to make money on Tweets.) // So for now the value to Google is to get us into the their G-Universe and then sell us, track us, know us. With Google it’s all going to be about integration. I’m not so convinced that’s a great thing. Sometimes we need separation to keep things straight.
Why would you pay for analytics when Google Analytics is free? This little package gaug.es might be just the answer.
Is it okay for a social media site to use your other accounts to auto-connect you with companies, causes, likes, dislikes, followers, friends, enemies? Where is it NOT okay? Searching around Quora I didn’t find a way to disallow the friend/link mining function. And if I wanted to I could simply go to every single 1,662 quora profile and UNFOLLOW them directly.
But the real jury is still out. Am I having fun? Am I spending more time thinking about my phone than I want to? Would I take my Blackberry Curve back? And what if I had an option for an iPhone 4. What would that be worth? What’s it gonna cost me to get out of my contract? Decisions for the future. For now Froyo and I are still getting to know one another.
So yesterday I just about tossed my Samsung Transform back into the shipping box it came in. But as I learned more about what was going on, I found out my phone was just working very hard to sync all of my contacts from Google to the phone. And last night I did some research and started installing a few new tools on my Android-powered phone. This is day two.
Tonight I have made a total of 1 calls on my new Transform. I have spent a couple of hours looking at blogs about Android setups, and Android Critical Apps. I am still somewhat optimistic that my new phone and I will make peace and I will be a shining example of the techie that shows off his well-apportioned Android phone and says, “It’s great. I love it.” I mean the dang phone, if I get it working and not dying every two hours, does have a keyboard and a touchscreen. And the best of both worlds has to be better than typing on the iPhone with predictive spelling on.
Launching Nocturne you can completely invert the colors of your screen. What’s bright is now dark. And it’s surprisingly workable.
A few amazing observations on the iPad and a few challenges. What do you see when you stare into the black screen of an iPad? The reflecting pool.
I think education is ready for an overhaul. The textbook is long dead and the internet is full of odd and unreliable pitfalls. While wikipedia has a lot of good information, the potential for misinformation is also large. So the classroom of the future will be handing out iPads at the beginning of class. As the science teacher begins to explain some chemical theory, the molecular example will appear on the students desktop iPads. As the instructor goes over the various bondings, the student can follow along and explore building different molecules.
It is not the machine but what you do with it. With the iPad we are at the opening bell. The devices have survived their first 24 hours in our collective hands. A moment last night when the kids were rough housing I caught myself saying, “Kids the kindle is a toy yes, but it’s a very expensive toy, so I’d prefer if you not wrestle with it between you.” And again at the end of a party as we were heading home, my daughter had discovered the drawing program and was walking along the sidewalk with the iPad glow lighting her face. “Be careful honey,” I said, thinking of the drop rather than the possible skinned knee.
This morning, 7AM, my son quietly got on top of me and suggested we leave the beach in the dark so we would be closer to the Apple store when everyone woke up. As we discussed his plan I told him about my dream of being in line for the iPad and never actually getting it. His dream, he said, involved a triacorn (three-horned unicorn) and a singing iPad. So we’re leaving Port Aransas at 7:20 for the long haul back to Austin and “our” iPad.