My fellow traveler read my powerpoint from behind me on the airplane. And my car service driver watched it live on the web. Certainly my 'private' presentation to the TEDx community was more public than I ever imagined.
The real opportunity of the cloud is about sharing, not controlling content. Sticking your files on a shared server is great, but it's not a computing revolution. The game changer is the curated cloud.
While Google is defining 'delight' as popping a weather graphic on your screen, users are drowning in a flood of tweets, blog posts, check-ins, and other real-time data that overwhelm comprehension and exhaust users.
A number of the web's most trusted voices have started to embrace a concept that could have massive ramifications -- to manage, and make useful, the massive growth of content on the web, sites must embrace curation.
We're entering a critical, and dangerous, time in the content ecosystem. A moment where partisan politics could shout down diverse points of view, and lumbering algorithms could blithely filter out diversity.
For months it seemed as if The Social Network was the odds on favorite to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Then, something changed. Now it's a horse race with The King's Speech. How did that happen, and why?
By the time my Google TV arrived, I was prepared to hate it. I powered it up expecting a digital disaster. Instead, I found a remarkably workable hardware/software combination that did everything that was promised.
In 2011, it all comes together. Devices, bandwidth and consumer demand. People are moving away from old sources and passive technology, and embracing social media and social content in way that couldn't have been imagined just five years ago.