Pivots of the Web: What’s Next After Social Networking?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In this post we take a closer look at the paradigm shifts of the web, especially forthe near future. What approaches have dominated the web over the years and which ones failed; and why?Also, since Facebook is already widely accepted as the next big thing, the new questionis: what is the next “next big thing”? Is it already out there? To start withcheck out the graph below, summarizing the Web’s stages up till now and our vision for the future: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As you can see, the current trend is for social interactions to take oversearch as the pivot of the internet. But if you’re not convinced, here are a few examplesof why:Google and Microsoft’s billion dollar ad partnerships with MySpace and Facebookrespectively;Yahoo and Viacom’s bets on Facebook;Yahoo’s rivals.com acquisition and rumors of Fox offering to sell MySpace to Yahoo! in exchange for a 25% stake.The Eras of the WebAge #0 – eCommerceE-commerce is the most primitive way of making money online. It’s identical to the realworld, where you have some products (real or virtual) and you sell them to consumers andpocket the money. The only difference from the world we live in is that the “e” prefixeliminates some frictions and allows this process to get completed faster and easier eachyear. That’s why the first age of the Web was full of online sellers; companies gotfunded to sell and specialize in a variety of things. Some of them have become successfulbecause what they sold was aaleable (e.g. Amazon with books), but others failed becausetheir motivation was “everything can be sold over the internet” – which turned out to bewrong in some cases. Overall, e-commerce is still a very important component of theinternet’s revenue stream – albeit not as mighty as we once thought it could be.Age #1 – Single Sign-onWhile everyone was building and investing in e-commerce sites, two Stanford studentsfigured out a new way of making money online. Yahoo started out with a simple webdirectory, but their idea was to port traditional media business models to the onlinespace. They weren’t focused on selling goods, but they brought great services togetherand glued them with a single sign-on mechanism. Consequently, they created some sort ofvendor lock-in; because signing up has been the biggest friction that awaits web surfers.Remember the old tedious sign up processes – they even asked you how much money you makeper year! And note that there was no such thing as OpenID at that time.The motivation of Yahoo at that time was to keep the visitors as long as they could ontheir properties (actually not much has changed). After all, the longer users stay, themore ads they can view. This seemed like a perfect business model at first, because itallowed people to get great services for free. Everyone liked it and Yahoo became theposter child company of the late 90’s.Age #1.5 – GeocitiesWhile Yahoo was rising, a new service emerged and started to take the lead slowly –Geocities was one of many sites that provided free web hosting and web site creationservices. However GeoCities was different in some ways. It was more like the socialnetworking sites of today; the self expression level was high and the weird naming schemebased on city names gave it a human touch. That’s why we can call GeoCities the firstutterly successful social interaction platform. However, after it was acquired by Yahooit became yet another web hosting service provider – and it lost its soul and failed. Noone can blame Yahoo for that though, because that was the first of its kind and at thattime everyone was unaware of the social impact of such a big web acquisition.BoomThe Boom period (aka Dot Com) is not an age like the others, but is worth looking into.The reason of the boom was the lack of calibration between the pace of internetapplications and the internet infrastructure. VC firms invested heavily in web sites,with the dream of being the next Hotmail, eGroups, Viaweb – but the internetinfrastructure didn’t scale well to the increasing production. People were not spendingenough time on the internet and download speeds were slow – therefore the demand couldn’tsatisfy the production. Moreover, there wasn’t any adequate monetization method of thecontent spread over the web. As a result, revenues fell short and the market crashed verybadly.Age #2 – SearchWhile Yahoo was trying to get people to spend as much time as possible on theirproperties in order to maximize their advertising revenues, 2 other Stanford students –this time Larry Page and Sergey Brin – came up with the idea of excelling at search.Because they realized that search was the start point of the web. Even though people werelikely to spend time on Yahoo properties, they still needed long tail sites to getinformed and reach other stuff that Yahoo couldn’t offer. What Google did was to offer abetter search service with absolutely no clutter. Their sparse but highly efficientservice opened the doors to big deals and hugely profitable online advertising.Eventually they became the center of the web. Now, Google’s new purpose is to bringdesktop applications to the internet too.Age #2.5 – On-demand VideoIt’s a fact that humans are born lazy. Yes, we love spending time on the internet andinteract with many things; but still many of us prefer spending our free time on TV andwatching meaningless shows. What the new high speed internet infrastructure did was, insome sense, bring TV to the internet. And what YouTube and others did, was to bring it tous. Yes, Google was the center and we were still using it, but YouTube grew sharply tooduring this time. We started to spend more time watching videos than mining the internetfor more information. That didn’t only steal time from Google and the long tail sites,but also stole from the traditional TV networks – because we prefered on-demand TV overthe old linear one.What happened then is Google saw the potential at YouTube and bought it. This cost$1.65 B (an amount that Yahoo couldn’t or wouldn’t risk). But actually the number wassurprisingly low for a paradigm shifting company. Couldn’t YouTube become the new Googleby itself, couldn’t they make an IPO and become a billion dollar company? The answer isunexpectedly “no”. The reason was YouTube’s legal hassles. They knew that they wouldconfront legal problems sooner or later and that’s why they chose the quick exit and getunder the wings of a well established company. Google could protect them and spend therequired money to fight in courts. In fact, YouTube got sued almost immediately after theacquisition – Viacom wanted Google to pay $1 B for the illegal videos YouTube published.This was a big threat, that could’ve allowed other content producers to demand the sameas well.Age #3 – SocialActually social interactions have always played an important role in the internet.GeoCities, Friendster, ICQ, IRC were all signs of the fact that social interactions cancontrol the destiny of the web. But all of these products had problems and couldn’t makeit to the end. For example acquisitions finished GeoCities and ICQ. Friendster had badmanagement problems. MySpace kept growing, but it couldn’t take the necessary steps tobecome a real big thing. IRC became obsolete with ICQ. Only one company figured out theway of putting social interactions to the center of the web and it was Facebook.Facebook, for the first time, opened the gate and merged all social services into itself.Now you can integrate your IM (meebo), Twitter, and other services into Facebook easily.Thus Facebook became a true platform company and is increasingly many peoples startpage.Bigcos had already realized that social networking sites would eventually become ourstart pages and that all of our internet actions will get reshaped there. On the likes ofFacebook, our actions will be shaped by our friends and trusted communities. That’s whyGoogle signed a billion dollar deal with News Corp to become the default search providerof MySpace. Their thought was that hopefully this would give them some time before theyneeded to reorganize themselves and make an attack in the social world as well. Yahootried to buy Facebook, as it didn’t have this Platform feature yet, but failed. Theyended up by buying a niche site Rivals.com, to create their own Facebook and possibly try toexplore opportunities with News Corp’s MySpace.Age #4 – Joost ???It’s hard to guess the 4th phase of the web because we don’t even have the3rd one yet, fully. But what the past eras (see ages 1.5, 4 and 2.5) show isthat we will end up with the rebirth of online TV. Since we are all born lazy, video ondemand is the way to go. And what Joost is offering is higher quality content (thanks totheir collaboration with big content providers), higher quality watching experience(thanks to P2P technology) and a legal hassle-free alternative to YouTube, which hasalready shown tremendous success.ConclusionThis is an open ended article. You may not share the same ideas as me, especiallyabout my Age #4 estimation, because it’s completely subjective. For example some of youmay think that Second Life, meebo or NetVibes is the next next big thing. Please shareyour thoughts in the comments. I’m stopping here for the sake of keeping the articleshort(ish), but I am ready to discuss in the comments other possibilities. emre sokullu 1last_img read more

Lieutenant Randy Brandt Receives July 2016 Officer of the Month Award

first_imgWashington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Lieutenant Randy Brandt of the San Leandro (CA) Police Department as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for July 2016.Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award Program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.Lieutenant Brandt, along with the other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2016, will be honored during National Police Week at a special awards ceremony in Washington, DC, in May 2017.- Sponsor – Key FactsLieutenant Brandt says one of his greatest sources of pride through his 19-year law enforcement career is his participation, supervision and management of the SLPD’s SWAT team. Lieutenant Brandt’s dedication led him to create the SWAT Fitness Challenge in 2007, a program established to promote fitness and camaraderie among the local tactical teams through competition and networking. Over the years the Challenge has grown, with more than 40 teams competing in 2015, some coming from as far away as Saskatchewan, Canada.“I brought it together to bring camaraderie and to bring training ideas together and networking,” Lieutenant Brandt said.After a visit in 2014, Lieutenant Brandt decided to honor George Mark Children’s House by making it the beneficiary of the Challenge’s fundraising efforts. The George Mark Children’s House is a pediatric palliative care center in San Leandro, providing hospice and respite care to children, in hopes of reducing the stress on patients and their families.“I was invited [to George Mark] as a motorcycle sergeant because the kids really liked motor cops. So we decided to bring our whole unit up there because we thought it might be a fun day,” Lieutenant Brandt said. “Walking through there we were moved by what we were seeing more than the kids were about seeing us.”Each team is asked to raise at least $500 for the pediatric care center, while Lieutenant Brandt raises funds to cover the cost of the Challenge. In 2014, they raised $25,000, and in 2015, they raised $32,000. The partnership has also garnered extensive media attention for the facility, helping raise its profile in the community. In 2016, the teams raised $96,000.Recently, one of the competitors in the SWAT Fitness Challenge learned that the child of his childhood best friend had passed away at George Mark Children’s House. “That sort of brings it all home. I think it makes it all worthwhile. It’s all beyond us, and it’s more about them. That’s what the event is about,” Lieutenant Brandt said.In addition to the donations, Lieutenant Brandt also facilitated the opportunity for one of the George Mark Children’s House teenage patients to be named an SLPD Honorary Officer, fulfilling a dream for the patient and his family.Supporting Quotes“[Lt.] Brandt has proven time and time again that he is a caring and dedicated individual and professional, who embodies SLPD’s motto of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism and Service,” said Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement for George Mark Children’s House.“Undoubtedly, Lieutenant Brandt’s commitment to fitness and wellness are evidenced in his assignment choices and his accomplishments in the SWAT Fitness Challenge,” SLPD Sergeant Troy Young said. “He has a great sense of the importance of the community and the role law enforcement should play in our communities.”“Lieutenant Brandt’s work with George Mark Children’s House is commendable,” Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said. “Not only is his dedication to the wellness of his fellow officers, but to the children in his community. It’s his life’s work that earns him the July 2016 Officer of the Month Award.”For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award, visit www.LawMemorial.org/OTM. — ### — Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Internet and Technology: Video to Dominate Internet Traffic by 2021

first_imgBy 2021, video is expected to dominate all content on the internet.In June Cisco updated their forecast for the volume of Internet traffic in 2021 and estimates for the number of internet-connected users.  Total Internet data transfer is expected to triple and exceed 3.3 zettabytes with a total of 4.6 billion users.  But beyond users, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine  (M2M) connections is rapidly growing and will account for half of all connections by 2021 — 27 billion devices will have access to the Internet.But the content that will take up most of Internet traffic  is video. By 2021, video is expected to account for more than 80 percent of the total IP traffic.  Live video streaming will make up 13 percent of the video traffic. Users will view 3 trillion videos every month or a million video minutes per second. VR and AR traffic is expected to jump 20 times by 2021 and will reach 1 percent of global entertainment traffic.last_img read more

Crews respond to fire at Missouri State Penitentiary

first_imgThe Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office is now looking for a cause of an afternoon fire on the roof of one of the old housing units at the Missouri State Penitentiary.Crews were called out around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and found flames on the roof. Investigators say no one was hurt as the building was unoccupied.They add the tornado damage to the prison may hamper their efforts in finding what caused the fire.last_img

Lecce President: ‘Olsen play-acting!’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ 1 goal 2 red cards Lecce President Saverio Sticchi Damiani criticised apologetic Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen for being the “protagonist of incredible play-acting.” Olsen clashed with Gianluca Lapadula after the Lecce striker had reduced the deficit to 2-1 from the penalty spot at the Via del Mare on Monday, following a handling offence by Fabrizio Cacciatore. The two players clashed and Lecce President Sticchi Damiani accused Olsen of “simulation” to help get Lapadula sent off. “I have a great feeling of regret, we should have played in with two men more, 11 against nine,” he said about the last 10 minutes of the game. “Here we have endless debates on handballs, positioning of the arm and VAR. “Then Lecce had to accept a red card for Lapadula, who took three hits from the opposing goalkeeper, without having done anything. “We will lose our player through suspension, because of Olsen’s simulation. He was the protagonist of incredible play-acting.” The match ended in a 2-2 draw, as Lecce played with 10 against nine, and the former Roma shot-stopper apologised to the fans after being “close to three points.” “Unfortunate end of the game, which of course I apologise for,” Olsen posted on social media. “To my teammates, my coaches and our fans! I never wanted to leave them alone in this game, we were close to the three points after a good team effort… “New games are coming up and I will do everything I can to support my team, as always!” .. in the space of a few seconds! Gianluca Lapadula fires home the penalty, and immediately gets sent over following an altercation with Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who also gets dismissed! pic.twitter.com/QfBQncoMJt — Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) November 25, 2019last_img read more

We had enough of BCCI, we took correct decision: Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy

first_imgSahara Group on Saturday defended its decision to snap sponsorship ties with the BCCI and withdraw from the IPL, saying the relationship between the two has become so strained that it could not be possible to continue any longer.”The decision we took to end ties was not a bad one at all. We had enough of it. Any relationship does not break on one single issue only. We had a long relationship. It has to do with many issues and has happened continuously,” Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy told a press conference in Mumbai.”There were so many genuine things we had but they (BCCI) did not give heed to such a small thing like opening the bid. They did not open the bid (when Sahara had submitted its bid for the first time). Rules were broken for other teams but we were not given natural justice,” he said.Roy said Sahara had approached the BCCI to settle the issues through arbitration and it had even proposed an arbitrator but the Cricket Board was not interested.”We even approached the BCCI for arbitration and even proposed the name of the arbitrator,” said Roy.He said considering the number of matches reduced from the originally-proposed 94, Pune Warriors paid 25 per cent more money to the Cricket Board for owning the franchisee.”It was 94 matches calculation, the gate money to collection of advertisement money would have been 25 per cent more. We have paid 25 per cent more. Differential amount is 25 per cent of the total amount,” he said.Roy said he would not want to blame anybody but he was snapping ties with the BCCI and pulling out Pune Warriors from the IPL as it involved emotional issues.”Again without blaming anybody, I thought it would give us lot of happiness. It involved emotional issues. Let us put all this money in sports development in villages.”advertisementlast_img read more