This was an interesting week. Editing the video and audio tracks from Strictly Business 3 provided a great deal of food for thought. The presentations are outstanding and it was a joy to relive the presentations again. So it was from that mind-expanded perspective that I gathered these little signals from the Web. I’ll point to the finished videos as soon as they are released to the world.
The Perils of Social Search:
We’re already seeing social search take off in a really big way. My wife finds it creepy that searching for a topic on one site is affecting the ads she sees on another. (I tend to agree.) Eli Pariser finds that social search has the potential to be a lot more than just creepy, it has the ability to automatically isolate us from those weak ties that are often the source of contradictory viewpoints and valuable information. I have to agree with Eli. Social search may be great, but I want the option to know when my search results, Facebook pages, etc. are being filtered, and have the option to stop it.
Bin-Laden on Twitter
We live in remarkable times. I first learned of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan via Facebook and I watched the early news of Osama Bin-Laden’s death trickle in via Twitter. This is an epic shift from even just a few years ago when CNN seemed to be the most immediate source of news.
Given this seismic change, I found this data visualization illustrating the spread of the news of Bin-Laden’s death fascinating.
True Multimedia Magazines on The iPad
Thus far, most tablet-magazines are little more than the print layout repurposed in into a tablet format with a little multimedia thrown in for good measure. Mike Matas of Push Pop Press gave a cool demo of a true multimedia book on the iPad at the recent TED conference. I look forward to seeing how others push the bar even higher on this new publishing platform.