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Meeker’s Internet Trends: “Re-imagining nearly everything”


The annual presentation of internet trends by long-time influential technology analyst and commentator Mary Meeker has become a kind of a “state of the web nation”, and her latest was given this week at the D10 conference.

Many people, myself includes, take her dense slide decks of stats and insights as a chance to reflect and take stock on how the web is changing.

Today was the second time Mary had given this presentation as part of legendary VCs Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers (KPCB). The format changed a little from her days at Morgan Stanley, with more focus on a insights and discussion of what the stats and apparent trends might mean.

In the post below, I’ve filleted the presentation slides and highlighted some strong insights that caught our attention in the Brilliant Noise office (the slides can be seen in full on Scribd or at the foot of this post).

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A couple of Brilliant (Noise) posts…

Blogging seems to be the order of the day for me at the moment – which, as ever, I’m delighted about – and some of the action is happening over at Brilliant Noise blog.

If you’re not following that feed, you may be interested in these two posts from this week – I enjoyed writing them both…

  • IBM on the Social CEO: A fillet of the IBM Global CEO Study published this week, with a side order of commentary…
  • Advanced Persistent Opportunities: The slides and the gist of a talk I gave in Dublin recently. In a bit of cyber-security terminology I find parallels with how brands should developing systems and ways of working in digital…

: : In other blog/work flow related news, I’m playing with Tumblr for a personal scrapbook. Posterous seems set for decline after the acqui-hire (bought for the people more than the tech) by Twitter. I’ll post a link if it looks like its going to stick…

: : Also, taking a cue from Alan Patrick’s comments about personal data-hungry Google and Facebook, I’ve ditched Chrome as my browser and run back to my old love, Firefox. Loving how much you can customise it – Diigo, especially, seems to have a good Add-On, which suits me very well, that service being so key to may day-to-day reading and knowledge-processing since Delicious faded…

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Matt Locke on attention patterns – notes from Media Future Dublin

At Media Future 2012 in Dublin last week, in a talk titled “May We Have Your Attention Please”, I finally got to hear Matt Locke (organiser of the amazing The Story conference and founder of consultancy Storythings) expanding on some of his ideas around the relationship between attention, the way it is measured and the media formats and businesses that evolve in different media.

Having taken a ton of notes, I thought I would digest them by way  by way of this blog post. If you’re looking for notes and slides from my own talk – Advanced Persistent Opportunities – they are over on the Brilliant Noise blog.

An age of spiky attention

Matt began by declaring this an age of spiky attention. He illustrated this with a visualisation called a Twitter constellation of 40 seconds of Twitter activity – see Isaac Hepworth of Twitter’s blog for more on these.

Bursts of small networks fill the screen, each a Tweet being posted and Re-Tweeted, each firework-like pattern representing a small (or large) spike in attention around a link or an image.


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Scrivener was created out of authorly procrastination


Scrivener is the tool I wish I’d used to write Me and My Web Shadow, and it is almost certainly the tool I’ll use to write my next book (it’s already lightened the load on creating some e-books for clients over the last year).

If you don’t know it, Scrivener is a kind of heavy-lifting manuscript editor, a Photoshop of the written word.

Anyway, this video interview with its creator, Keith Blount, made me smile when he admits that Scrivener was created as a result of his not being able to find a writing tool that did what he wanted when trying to write a novel.

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Out of the trough of waffle: Interest graphs and social business

Image: a ray of meaning breaking through the cloud layer of neologisms :)

Social business and the interest graph are both really important subjects, useful phrases, ones which may deserve to last. I realise though that I’ve been filtering them out of late, basically because they began to bore me.

Blame it on my being a neophile – too ready to move on to the next idea – or just a realist when it comes to neologisms: most of them won’t last, won’t leave much in the way of meaning or memory – gameify, phygital, blahblahnomics – so best not get attached, not to invest too much.

We have now passed through the trough of waffle with social business and interest graphs. They have stuck.