The next 20 years of disruption in marketing (and everything else)

“The Thames Illustrated. A picturesque journeying from Richmond to Oxford” — Source: The British Library If you follow the money instead of the marketing services sector’s own narratives, change on a scale far larger than anything Google or Facebook have brought is on the way. That’s the conclusion we can draw when we listen to…… Continue reading The next 20 years of disruption in marketing (and everything else)

Smartphones become pocket labs

  That universal device that is the smartphone continues to surprise us with new ways its sensors, processing power and connectedness can be deployed. A new accessory for the data hungry, (paranoid) health conscious consumer is the Lapka, which Springwise calls: an aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate personal environment monitor, consisting of white plastic sensors…… Continue reading Smartphones become pocket labs

Where will we the web be in four years

On the day Barack Obama was elected in the 2008, 1.8 million Tweets were posted. In 2012 that many Tweets were posted in the last 8 minutes or so [source]. The change is still unfolding, the revolution continues. We haven’t arrived yet.  Someone said to me yesterday that they didn’t know what their job would…… Continue reading Where will we the web be in four years

The future will be stranger than you think…

Looking back at predictions that seem to have been far of the mark is diverting entertainment. Take these French visualisations of what like would be like in the 21st century… Heath-Robinson flying machines… Sky cops! Crazy! how wrong they were… Oh wait – here’s the world’s first electric-powered multi-copter flight in Germany… So ten years…… Continue reading The future will be stranger than you think…

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

Long term trends: The Ngrams Viewer

“A database of intentions” is how John Battelle described Google. It is a thrilling concept, at times unsettling, that you can see into the searching soul of the connected populace by seeing the words they use t find things.Google Trends is one of those miraculous tools of the web that has quickly become commonplace. With…… Continue reading Long term trends: The Ngrams Viewer

The fog of revolution: social media trends 2006 & 2012

Thanks to the brevity and immediacy of Twitter I have already Tweeted saying everyone needs to read the sources of inspiration for this post. So you’ll forgive me for opening with some tangentilish thoughts… Or maybe you won’t. One of my favourite observations about change and the web is what I call “the fog of…… Continue reading The fog of revolution: social media trends 2006 & 2012