Since the advent of the telegraph in the early 19th century, business and technology have been striving to bring everything closer together.
Today this sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. With all apps, social networking sites, and features, the way technology is going is starting to feel overwhelming. The major developers have wholeheartedly embraced the integration of applications and other technologies in their products. Let’s take a look at two of the newest developments provided by Google and Microsoft.
The Newest Developments:
On February 9th, 2010, Google unleashed Google Buzz
, a social networking tool integrated into Google Mail. Users can post updates, pictures, and follow their contacts, similar to a Twitter-Flicker hybrid. Its features are nothing new to the social networking scene, but the fact that Google integrated Google Buzz into the hands of every person with a Gmail account is genius! With Gmail having 146 million users monthly, Google Buzz is ripe to use by all 146 million users without having to create a new account or sign up for anything.
I really like this fact, as it tends to take me a long time to jump on the bandwagon with newer social websites. I think this integration is a smart move that serves to simplify the previous need to maintain accounts on multiple sites. I also think that Twitter is in big trouble now. Their 6 million users simply cannot compete with a potential 146 million users.
Windows 7 Phone Series
On February 15th, 2010, Microsoft announced the Windows 7 Phone Series, which finds its selling point in its vast integration of Microsoft technologies. It incorporates its Zune HD music technology, an Xbox LIVE dashboard allowing users to access their LIVE accounts and play games downloaded from the Xbox Marketplace, pulls in contacts from all of a users email and social networking sites, has an Office suite, and features numerous “Hubs” that have been described as “apps that makes sense of your apps.” And this only scrapes the surface of what this phone will have to offer when released.
It truly does sound amazing, and if done right will be able to effectively manage all of our email, social networking, and work related needs. I fear, however, that this new technology is going to have a steep learning curve. I am an individual that uses a mobile phone for the purpose of, well, talking to other people over the phone. I feel there are many people out there that feel the same way, and it will be up to Microsoft to show that anybody can use their new mobile, and that it will make our lives simpler. I may be behind the technological curve of the use of feature-packed, fully integrated, “computer-phones”, but the prospect of being able to manage so much technology with an easy-to-use device is compelling to me.
Where I Integrate
Technology these days is concerned with managing other technologies. If this is done effectively, I fully support it and think I can learn to embrace it. Microsoft and Google are making the right moves. With the thousands of apps being developed for every technological medium, it makes sense to develop a system that can help a regular Joe Shmoe like me bring them all under reigns. Even yet, I still miss the days when a phone was singularly used to call people. It may seem silly, but I feel the world was a simpler place before I knew about “apps” or “tweets”.
As Samuel Morse said in his first telegram, “What hath God wrought?”