After some soul searching I have taken the plunge and revived this site - with an all new gallery of previous talks and sermons and my back catalogue of poetry which for too long has sat dormant in the archives of my old site.Read More
You may ask yourself - what about Social Networks? Well you are right to ask that. The primary reason I have not included them in this list is because there is something bigger going on with the primary social platforms such as Linkedin, Facebook and in a sense Twitter.
As we have seen from the recent announcement from the big 3, these "social networks" are moving in a different direction - that direction is platforms. What developments like Facebook Connect and @anywhere show us is a movement by these companies to a platform model, one where you don't visit their site, they come with you as you surf the web.
This difference is key, and a departure from what many of the services I mention in this Prezi are trying to do, they remain destinations rather than conduits.
During the discussion at Alfred Place that ensued after I delivered this presentation to the staff here at Biss on Friday, and interesting quesiton arose, how many more platforms / hubs can the web truly accomodate. This not entirely is do with size, but more around the need for so many different hubs and spokes.
I don't think we really have an answer right now to that question, but what I think I see happening is very similar to what happened in the world of commercial radio, and to a certain extent cable television and the newspapers before them.
Some of you will know this is a question that I have been exploring for a while, something I call "The Gutenburg Effect", where a technological change users in a communication explosion, followed by a period of consolidation. I think we still are going through a period of mass expansion at the moment, which we will soon see contract and consolidate. How and when that will happen, well I suppose that's up to you...