- Water, 1400
- Land, 1840
- Gold, 1850
- Wire, 1880
- Air, 1900
- Celluloid, 1920
- Plastic, 1950
- Space, 1960
- Silicon, 1980
- Networks, 1990
- Data, 2000
Volkswagen turns off Blackberry email after work hours
The carmaker confirmed it made the move earlier this year following complaints that staff’s work and home lives were becoming blurred.
Very interesting. I bet this will become an asset to woo top talent.
I really like that David Fincher follows The Social Network with a heroine whose talent is the ability to unearth reams of information about anyone.
Gorgeously shot film.
Buzzwords are cheap. They’re vague and allow people to talk about things with an appearance of understanding.
This is both good and bad. Buzzwords are good because they help create momentum around a new idea or technology by allowing more people to participate than deeply understand the new concept. Eventually this benefit crosses a line: those who don’t understand concepts begin believing the hype and over promise what the concept can deliver.
At this point, it’s helpful to have some fallback words. Words which defang buzzwords and force you to pin down the vagueness of buzzwords to reality. From here, you can build and advance.
I propose the following changes:
- Instead of “data” say “history”
- Instead of “content” say “art”
- Instead of “social” say “relationship”
- Instead of “crowdsource” say “outsource”
- Instead of “optimize” say “focus”
- Instead of “engage with” say “care about”
In meetings and articles, start to swap these words in. Sentences that over-promise will become easier to spot and hidden gems will begin to emerge.
Any others to add?
If there were ever a perfect, headline Kickstarter project, this is it.
In India, the “missed call” as a means of communication and interaction has developed into a cultural and business norm.
Missed calls are being incorporated into mobile apps and services as a standard type of messaging like a text or an answered call itself. For example, an Indian cloud telephony service provider startup called KooKoo has been working with a Bangalore-based company to create an information market based around missed calls. If you want to know the latest weather, the latest Groupon-style deal, or the real-time bus schedule, you can send a missed call to the designated number and get an automated or manual voice call back with the answers you need.