I tried to find some information about the coming installment of wi-fi in my hometown Zug.
So I searched for "WLAN Stadt Zug", but only found the official postulate of the local party FDP. I was more than suprised to see no news-article from the local newspaper "Zuger Zeitung".
My parents said that they read something about wi-fi in the newspaper, so the article was in the newspaper but can not be found via Google. If they would publish a title and a teaser in the internet, maybe people below 40 would also get interested in reading local news.
Only those who pay $50 per year additionally to their yearly subscription can access the newspaper-archive by internet. But why should I pay if I don't get informed about interesting news-articles via a Google-Search?
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How fast things change. I wanted to write about a workflow in LinkedIn, which had annoyed me for months, but they have fixed it in the meantime, before I could publish the article.
So anyhow, here is the article:
One of the most used functions in Linkedin is to add a new user to your own network. If you don't know the e-mail address of the person or other personal information you can choose "I don't know xy".
Then the user can enter a personal message and click the "Send Invitation" button. Which opens the following message:
The only way to proceed is to click "Go back to xy's profile". The personal message is lost! You stepped into the Linkedin user trap.
Of course, according to the Linkedin policy you're supposed to add only contacts you personally know, but since you can bypass this rule anyhow by selecting "Friend", it's illusory to educate the user by punishing him to re-enter a personal message.
There are two solutions to avoid this unpleasant interaction:
- A "Close"-Button instead of a "Go back to xy's profile"-button
- Pop up the message immediately, when the user selects "I don't know xy", instead of giving him the feeling, that he now can enter a personal message for that person.
As we can see, they solved it with a "close" link.
Youtube implemented the "deep link"-Feature which appeared in newsofthefuture in 2007. The predicted date was quite accurate (October 20th, it was introduced on October 30th) but the year was one year too early. It was introduced in 2008.
The MIT Technology Review asked different people what the future of the web will look like. Besides "mobile" and "higher access speed" there were also some interesting converse thoughts.
Bjarne Stroustrup - Designer of the C++ programming language
The total end of privacy.
Mena Trott - Cofounder of Six Apart
I can easily see someone putting 75 percent of their day online. But it won't all be public. The majority will be for that person's eyes only; it will be more a record for that individual.
Leah Culver - Cofounder of Pownce
Open standards will always be the future of the Web.
Jonathan Zittrain - Professor of law
An abandonment of open standards and services (like the collective hallucination that is our distributed e-mail system) and a return to the gated communities
Richard Stallman - Founder of the Free Software Movement
I see a danger in the Web today: doing your computing on servers running software you can't change or study, and entrusting your data to U.S. companies
Marc Benioff - Founder of Salesforce.com
Companies such as Salesforce.com, Google, and Amazon are making it possible to create and run powerful business applications in the cloud, and that will change the economics of the software industry forever.
The World Wide Web is 15 years old. Therefore the BBC asked some of the leading figures in the web community about their hopes for the future of the web.
Some interesting points how the web could look like in the future:
A mobile, pervasive/ubiquitous web
Computers, mobile phones and sensors will be connected in one web as suggested by Tim O'Reilly. Wendy Hall and Mitchell Baker point to the problem of presentation and access of information on mobile devices. Personalization could be a solution for that problem. Mobility makes it possible to adapt the information access to the context of the user. On a small mobile screen, you would like to have only the information that is valuable in your current situation, otherwise you would be flooded with information. For example: A search result on your mobile phone for restaurants, should give you first the restaurants that are nearby, and that maybe your friends rated positively.
So we are going to see the phone network merge with the web, sensor networks merge with the web. I think we will even see the power network merge with the web.
What we are really building is a global brand where all the computers in the world are connected, where all the devices in the world are connected, sometimes intermittently off and on, and all the people are connected.
Professor Wendy Hall
Everything is going mobile. And I think the big issue about access was you need a computer at the moment to access it properly. [...] You will be able to access it. The technology and the interfaces will change so that it's much more accessible on a mobile device.
Mitchell Baker - Mozilla Foundation
In 15 years the web will be everywhere; in ways we don't know.
The web in that sense will be informational and the presentation of information will be in a way "we" like it.
A semantic web
Some predict that the web will be semantically annotated to find and combine information faster. Robert Cailliau also has a critical statement about the Semantic Web.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
In a hundred years, 15 years will seem to be just the infancy of the web, when the semantic web wasn't even completely deployed.
Professor Nigel Shadbolt
The future is the Semantic web
In much less than 15 years I think we need to figure out what the social impact is going to be of the Semantic web. I am not sure this is a good thing.
I don't know who is controlling it. And because it works by onotologies, who decides on what basis I am going to see things?
Very interesting is also how some of the interviewees used the opportunity to make advertisement for their companies...