Weekly digest of week 42 2009

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This week again claims on why email is dead (or not dead yet), Sir Berners-Lee says the // in the URLs was a mistake and the complete history of Lemmings. Email is Dead? Oh Really? The WSJ is making the call—email on its way out. Dying. Dead. It’s an interesting conclusion, derived from the fact […]

This week again claims on why email is dead (or not dead yet), Sir Berners-Lee says the // in the URLs was a mistake and the complete history of Lemmings.

  • Email is Dead? Oh Really?
    The WSJ is making the call—email on its way out. Dying. Dead. It’s an
    interesting conclusion, derived from the fact that both growth and
    absolute numbers are on the side of social networking this year. But we
    disagree.
  • Twitter has lift-off: now you can tweet from 20,000 feet
    Even if you’re 20,000 feet above sea level there’s still no escaping
    the presence of social media, with the launch of a Lufthansa tool that
    automatically updates Twitter or Facebook with flight position updates.
    GE, enterprise 2.0 since….1989
    One of the most frequently mentioned enterprise 2.0 successful project
    is General Electric’s Support Central. It’s true that their numbers are
    really impressive even for those who usually criticize anything that’s
    about 2.0. So, inevitably, people wonder how they did it.
  • Facebook fatigue sets in as growth slows
    Facebook’s growth slowed this summer, according to one report,
    suggesting that despite reaching the 300 million members milestone in
    September, the site’s growth may have hit a saturation point in some
    markets for the time being.
  • The Complete History of Lemmings
    Lemmings started life as a simple animation back in August 1989 when
    DMA Design had just moved into their first office (which only consited
    of 2 small rooms), and were begining a new game called Walker (based on
    the walker that was used in Blood Money).
  • Study: Firms still invest in social media
    Despite the recession, most companies are continuing to invest in
    social media tools and online communities, according to a new survey by
    Deloitte, Beeline Labs and the Society for New Communications Research.
  • Twitter and Facebook aid small firms
    Companies that have jumped on the Twitter and Facebook bandwagon are
    reporting a surge in customers while others struggle. With minimal
    marketing budgets available to many small businesses, social networking
    sites offer a quick and, more importantly, free means of promoting
    their wares to a global audience. In the face of stiff competition and
    a global economic downturn, it is a route more and more companies are
    going down.
  • Web 3.0: The Building Block Web
    Some talk about the “real-time web” being Web 3.0, or the 2010 Web, but
    when you look at it “real-time” is just using the web as a platform,
    making it real-time.  The web still hasn’t really changed in essence to
    something else beyond the web becoming “the platform”.  The web needs
    to shift to something else for that to happen. I think that shift is
    happening in a form I call “the building block web”.
  • The “//” in URLs was a Mistake, Says Sir Berners-Lee
    Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, modest creator of the internet, has a
    confession to make. When confronted with the question, “if you could go
    back in time and change anything along the way to inventing the
    internet, what would you change,” Sir Timothy hedged.
  • Finland becomes the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right.
    According to YLE.fi, starting next July, every person in Finland will
    have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection, says the Ministry
    of Transport and Communications.

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Rick Mans is a social media evangelist within Capgemini. You can follow and connect with him via Twitter or Delicious

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