Europe's largest IT company recently issued a "zero email" policy; by 2014, Gartner predicts social networking services will replace email as the principal method of interpersonal communications for 20% of business users. So, is email dead--and if so, does it deserve to be snatched from the grave?
Can we really just shrug our shoulders and say--"it is what It is" and be okay with that? Is poor customer service, bad manners, discourteous phone operators, and public rudeness simply now part of our everyday life?
After weeks of survey research, it turns out--the bounty and abundance of web data is out of control. As Google's Eric Schmidt has been quoted, from the beginning of time to 2003, we created 5 Exabytes of data. We're now creating that every two days--and it's accelerating.
When Cisco announced its end-to-end video strategy back in 2009 it seemed pretty brilliant. Well, logical at least. They went on a buying tear, and snapped up brands like Linkysys and FlipCam. Now, just three years later, the plan doesn't seem to be working.
If you're like me, you're splurting data all over the place. Just a few years a back, the idea of sharing your credit card on the Internet seemed like a brazen act of digital promiscuity. Now, we're stripped bare.
Anytime there's a blog post or an article about Curation--someone pipes up in the comments with a weary sigh and says: "Isn't this just a fancy new word for an editor?"
So, let's deal with this in a direct way.
A curator is NOT an editor. Here's why.
Editors come in many shapes and sizes. The flavors include Acquisitions Editor, Articles Editor, Assignment Editor, Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Contributing Editor/Editor at Large, Department/Features Editor, Executive Editor, Managing Editor, and Editor-in-Chief.
The magazines at Time inc. represent some of the most valued and trusted brands in publishing. From Fortune, to Sports Illustrated, to People. And of course, there's Time Magazine itself--the newsweekly that stands alone as a beacon of quality newsweekly journalism.
I kind of expected that I'd be attending a grim event when I walked into the Tools of Change publishing conference last week. Just that morning, the announcement that Borders was filing for bankruptcy had hit the financial pages. After two days, no one had mentioned Borders even once.