Now I understand why Facebook didn’t want to sell, btw. Their “platform” play is brilliant in a “let me put on my sunglasses for a moment until my eyes adjust” kind of way. And they seem to be pulling it off. Myspace just started looking a lot less interesting.

web 3.0: offline access, computing as a service.

It feels like the dreaded web 3.0 is on its way. It will include offline apps (Google Gears), it’ll include computing as a service (Amazon S3 and EC2). Basically, we’ve altered what the browser/internet can do (the browser can go offline, the internet apps can scale using service computing), and this should allow some crazy powerful new apps to emerge. What else, I’m not sure – there should be a social aspect to it as well if it’s to be a big shift. Perhaps focusing on small groups of people?

Which brings me to a question: can the Google offline API access local files on your computer? I’m trying to grasp the strategic advantages of all these new toys.

But I didn’t predict how Google would make offline apps possible (via a browser plugin), or that they’d make it open source. “Google Gears extends browsers by making new APIs available to
JavaScript code. […] To take
advantage of the offline features provided by Google Gears, you’ll need
to add or change code in your web application.”

After moving from New York, I’ve been consulting from Belgium for the last month or two. Some of my clients are still in New York, and one of the important things I’ve found is to make sure you’re available. I took a US phone number through Skype, and my clients seem to really appreciate it. The second part of being available is timezones, and sometimes it’s hard to be there for meetings in their afternoon (which is my evening), but I haven’t found a piece of technology yet that can solve that problem.

So Skype global phone numbers rock. They really give clients a feeling of local presence, I get the impression.

An anonymous comment: “i worked for the media group for about fifteen minutes last year, and i
can tell you what’s wrong: yahoo has no strategy, no leadership, and no
management. they routinely ignore user research in favor of the
flavor-of-the-minute fads written up in the business mags (and not the
good ones, but the cheezy behind-the-times ones).”

I wonder if we’ll be seeing posts like these from Google employees any time soon?