Monthly Archives: September 2010

Can the BlackPad move BlackBerry (RIM) to the forefront?

Anticipation awaits for an announcement of the BlackPad from the Research In Motion (RIM) developer conference taking place next week.  The question looms if it can be a smashing success?

BlackPad image from BlackBerryRocks

BlackPad image from BlackBerryRocks

My first honest answer to this is a solid NO.  I personally have not had hands-on time yet, so this is all from thought and analysis of the market trends I see daily.  While some business executives may dabble with this, and the promise of tight enterprise integration already exists for BlackBerry, the consumer edge of a mature application market leaves RIM in the shadows.

I can see the smaller footprint size being a draw, reported at 7 inches.  As well as the data network RIM has carefully built over the years.  But the fun stops there.  I would not see this as a replacement or even companion to existing BlackBerry users.  The operating system for the current devices cannot be conducive to a tablet type interface.  I have been an avid fan, user and evangelist of BlackBerry devices of all types for years.

I just can’t yet get a grasp how a consumer would want or use this or an enterprise need it.  Yet.

InfoMobile has some opinions on the idea of the BlackPad as well.

TheSocialNetworker Episode 13 – Seesmic Desktop 2 screencast

Seesmic launched version 2 of their desktop software, with a plug-in architecture included.  I walk through these are in the screencast:

  • setup
  • account management
  • options
  • the interface

and more in this less than 8 minutes.  Learn what I think and if it is worth you switching your existing client to.

Remember, you can find me as IdoNotes across all the networks

How In Two Moves Twitter Kills an Ecosystem

Courtesy of Sean Rasmussen

Courtesy of Sean Rasmussen

Twitter has made some major changes that have taken a huge bite out of the third party developer ecosystem for tools, add-ons and clients.

  1. Twitter started (rightfully) buying/building their own official Twitter clients for multiple platforms.  This was needed as no one knew quite where to turn outside of the web interface (that had clients built to make that better) and SMS via a cellphone.  Any other application written to interact was from third parties hoping to capitalize and productize a consumers interaction with Twitter.  Guess what?  If it isn’t free they were really buying.  Sure, some of them made sales, but in the grand scheme of how may users there are, you would think someone could emerge as a winner.  No one could when the service itself is free and companies developed for the fun of it.
  2. Twitter forced all the tools to begin using oAuth, or get off the network, in the last 10 days.  As some of you may know, if you not you now will, I am one of the founders of EverythingTwitter.  The largest review catalog of tool, add-ons, sites, and whatever else we found that revolved around Twitter.  It is all categorized and searchable, which made finding point #2 easier.  Approximately 15% of the tools listed had oAuth implemented at the time we wrote the review and cataloged the tool/site.  This means that many of these tools just got knocked off the network and unusable until updates are done to their authentication.

So what does this mean to the average user?  Nothing.  They use the web, SMS and some built in clients that come with phones.  Some go on a search for the best tool for their particular device and stop there.  The masses?  Nothing.  Effectively burying the usage of these alternate tools.

Building a business around a social media site that is free is tough work.  Building a business that has consumers wanting to pay for a tool to interact with a tool they use free is even tougher.

Our daily hits on EverythingTwitter remain about the same, even with the fewer tools we list each week.  People are searching but seem to be coming back to the same results.  Twitter has official clients for two of the top mobile operating systems that their users utilize, iPhone and Android.

I wish much luck to those still building new tools and clients around Twitter that do not have an established name already.  (I can see the stats that show what names get the most traffic with us).  I also hope those tools we highlighted over time reconfigure to enable oAuth as soon as they can before they are forgotten.

Ping me here, there and … wait, Apple branded Ping?

We use the term ping almost daily with friends.  Ping me on Twitter, Skype, instant messaging services and more.  Apple today threw a nice uppercut by starting their social music network embedded in iTunes and calling it Ping.  Sure there was Ping.FM that allowed you to broadcast your status to multiple social services, just not many people knew about them.

Steve Jobs announces Ping
Thanks to ReadWriteWeb for the image source and announcement review

But, everyone is learning Apple and by taking ownership of the word Ping, they take ownership of a niche in social networking.  Numerous sites have tried building a form of social networking around music sharing to limited spread and results.  Apple is able to enable everyone, as in 160 million users in 23 countries, at once that uses iTunes software to encourage participation and capture information on your sharing.

This in turn gives them better marketing potential towards you and increases the likely result in you buying from Genius or a recommendation.  Now your music, TV, applications and more may be shared publicly or with select groups of friends.  If you pay particular attention to a friend’s music stream, Apple can pick up on that and start pushing you to buy the same music.  Watch a show a friend recommends, soon you get ads about renting an episode.

So how much of your personal music tastes, choices of applications and shows watched will you share?  Are you using other services already to do this and will you change?