“Bruno’s box-office decline from Friday to Saturday indicates that the film’s brand of outrage was not the sort to please most moviegoers — and that their tut-tutting got around fast. Bruno could be the first movie defeated by the Twitter effect.”
“In the end, freemium is not a good model when the cost of delivering service to free users is high. But more fundamentally, I reiterate my position that freemium is a bad marketing plan for any premium business that hopes to be the differentiated provider.”
I have a feeling that freemium will end up causing more businesses to fail than any other business model. The number of businesses for which it will actually work are pretty minimal.
via wow.com This might be a physical thing at the moment, but once we can embed real-time Internet information (note – not "web" – the web will not be the end point) into contact lenses, …
"But new research shows that the number of teenagers illegally sharing music has fallen dramatically in the past year.The survey of 1,000 fans also shows that many14 to 18 year olds are now stre …
“But new research shows that the number of teenagers illegally sharing music has fallen dramatically in the past year.
The survey of 1,000 fans also shows that many14 to 18 year olds are now streaming music regularly online using services such as YouTube and Spotify.”
Expect Apple to do an about-turn on streaming some time in the next year, and a million Apple pundits to start claiming that they knew streaming was cool all along.
Business Week has an inkling of this as well. In the June 24 cover story on Steve Ballmer and Office 2010 by Peter Burrows, the magazine noted that Microsoft would offer details about its plans related to Office 2010, which will have many web-based functions similar to Google Docs, on July 13. Office 2010 will also have a free, ad-supported version that competes head-on with Google Docs.
The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was that Apple needs to implement much better cloud features for things like iWork.
And then I thought, “hang on…”
Because what Apple has done nicely with the iWork online stuff is focus on the things that people actually want to do when collaborating: giving people the ability to do a limited set of tasks (annotating, mostly) rather than trying to replicate the entire application.
In other words, the standard Apple tactic: Think about what people actually want to do, and strip back the features to that level.
“And perhaps to Mike, the Internet is *everything* and he can do all his work, communication and entertainment in a browser. I know for sure I can’t, even though connectivity is important to many applications I use, the browser itself leaves a lot to be desired. Even web based services like Twitter work better for me through an application like Tweetie as opposed to the the Twitter site (and a lot of user data suggests I’m not alone in this thinking).”
You can take the enormous popularity of “native” applications for Twitter in one of two ways. Either Twitter’s site is so awful that people are desperate for an alternative, or the fact that Twitter has a pretty good API means people can build better ways to access it. I’d err towards the second.
Here’s a thought: If there were native clients which plugged into Google Docs as comprehensively as native Twitter clients do for Twitter, how many people would use them instead of the web clients?
My guess is that, given the choice, people would use the native clients far more than the web. And that has some interesting implications for the future of “web” apps, which I suspect might be somewhat different to how people usually imagine it.
“Launching a new PC OS is not easy even if your target is a cloud. Targeting netbooks in 2010 isn’t the answer either. As I’ve pointed out, netbook are laptops with a pivotal axis of price. We’re seeing netbooks with 12″ screens, full sized keyboards and 300gb of storage. Does anyone think that netbooks aren’t going to evolve further? Consumers have overwhelmingly rejected Linux flavored netbooks for Windows capable machines that they could actually accomplish things on, such as run PC applications.”
While I disagree about netbooks being only about the price, Michael is completely correct to point out that customers have generally rejected Linux-based netbooks in favour of Windows ones. Although I think there’s a lot of mileage in improving the Linux experience on netbooks (and Moblin/UNR are already ahead here), given the choice I would expect the majority of people to buy Windows.
Of course, the key question is whether they’ll continue to have that choice, given Microsoft’s transition to Windows 7. But given the date of Chrome OS’ release, which isn’t until some time next year, we’ll know the answer to that question before Chrome comes out.
Another thing to note: Chrome (the browser) has had almost no success in gaining market share. And a whole OS is a much more difficult sell to consumers than a browser. If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on Chrome OS getting more than single-digit market share any time soon.
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