Category : Killer apps

The awesomeness of monkey business

Too many choices, too much content is a great brief article, which was recently published on ReadWriteWeb. The article offers a familiar perspective on (I guess) many people’s daily reading slot challenge. It also reminded me of an interesting book about what we all do on the Web these days. It is called The Cult of the Amateur and it offers a thought provoking perspective about the problem of filtering the useful from the not so useful content on the Web. Andrew Keen uses the metaphor of typewriting monkeys, to refer to the majority of content producers, who are responsible for the not so useful content, in which we all struggle to not drown day by day. Read about the infinite monkey theorem and you get a good idea about the message of the book.

Anyway… Sarah, the author of the article I was referring to at the start, points out that the real challenge is to find the useful content and technologies – the next big thing(s) and the next killer app(s) out there… she concludes:

There’s also this little thing called „going outside“ that we would like to take part in, too. Hopefully we’ll see the killer web app to filter the noise someday soon to help us do so, but it’s definitely not here yet.

Maybe the next killer app(s) will be one(s), which will motivate and drive us to actually „go outside“ and experience the „awesomeness“ of all the nature to be explored and discovered on our „real“ earth 🙂 – Otherwise I guess we’ll keep drowning until the magical filter becomes available or we figure out a super-strategy to find the few monkey scripts with lines of wisdom… „I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.“ 

Awesome Nature

Who will move Google’s cheese?

Today, I am getting 55.000 hits for a „google killer“ search using Google. The same search on Microsoft even brings up 64.800 results – wonder if this is a surprise, coincidence or evil. Currently, there is a lot of discussion about the Web, the Web 2.0 and 3.0 and whatever else lies ahead and may become the next big thing. Ever since Spencer Johnson told us that the cheese is moving, and Clayton Christensen explained how disruptive innovations and technologies change the rules of the game, there seems to be a pleasant or not so pleasant anticipation for seeing what or who will make Google’s giant cheese station move. Or is it already gone, since I couldn’t actually find it any more. You can read about some of the potential Google killers here or here or here

After we were already the person of the year 2006, maybe THE Google killer will be us! Why? Because we may rely less and less on Google to find stuff – because we know other places to better meet our special and diverse – or not so diverse information needs. Or we may find better tools to help us solve problems or spend our Online leisure time at other places. I would not be surprised to see some tough battles ahead to defend the huge Planet Google territory. The more fingers in the pies, the more places you need to show excellence.