During lunch, one of them asked me a question that i had not been asked in a while- what was the "coolest and newest" application that i had been using and would recommend? After a couple seconds of awkward silence, I said that i really didn't really have an answer for something 'new'. In regards to services that i have been using more and more and find extremely valuable i mentioned things LinkedIn that have used for years (highlighting the new features which i love), SlideShare and Twitter (and Twitter apps) of course....but what else? We talked a little about the iPhone of course and even Facebook- but there wasn't anything i could point to that provided a great new service- especially for use by the enterprise user.
Today's post on the "Death of Web 2.0" on TechCrunch reminded me of that conversation. In that post, the author points out that more and more companies are not using the term as part of their pitch to get covered and and according to the Google trends analysis the author did it shows that less people are searching on the term. I have always used "Web 2.0" as a marketing label- not as a description of technology per say- so i wonder what are companies indeed labeling themselves? "Social Media" and "Social Networking" are probably used more and more, but what else?
So i still feel 'out-of-the-loop' so perhaps it is:
- there is no new label like 'Web 2.0' to latch on to?
- or maybe there just isn't a lot of services that are coming out that excite me?
- i have my head in my arse?
- the 'channels' that i am still dialed into are not doing their jobs and online coverage of new products and services are lacking
- i don't know where to look [perhaps you can help me with this one?]
Image|Flickr|An Era passed (record labels) by Olivander [i recommend visiting Flickr page]