Ok, so for the Horn Groupers based in SF, I can speak for all of us when I say that November began with more than a little extra congestion around the office, thanks to OpenWorld. Yes, we survived the evening walks to BART and Muni through throngs of white-collared shirts and Blackberry yelling contests -- "No dude...Lenny Kravitz, who is Stevie Nicks??" -- and I'm happy to bring you your monthly blogosphere recap now.
Google's Mobile OS Does Not Have A Cutesy Name Like "Google"
If you cringe every time you hear Ice-T say "Google it..." on Law & Order SVU, maybe now you can look forward to him having something cool to say. That's right guys and gals, "Android" is the name of the search giants handset OS game. So don't mess around because robots can kick your ass. EngadgetMobile has a summary around why Google choose a Linux-based platform to encourage interest from developers, and thus handset manufacturers...as well as the "Open Handset Alliance," who await the Empire on fleets of Landspeeders in garages throughout Mountain View.
It was announced at the beginning of the month that the first Android-powered devices are expected in the second half of 2008, and UPDATE my peeps. The action on auction for the 700 MHZ spectrum is GO! While Sergey and Larry insist Google must win for consumer choice in a new wireless world, the comments on Techcrunch's post lead one to believe that an ad-funded alternative to costly carriers like Verizon and AT&T will take Google so long because of bureaucratic nonsense, we'll have telepathic implants for person-to-person communication by then anyways.
You may have heard about a little announcement that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly gave earlier this month at Ad-Tech. The talk was around a "free service" the social networking site is "providing" called Beacon. The service ties into Facebook Ads, which already has more than 100,000 new Facebook Pages for brands, corporations and local businesses, and the goal was to inject brands and companies into a dialogue around their products. The result was an angry protest from grassroots pioneers MoveOn.org around how Social Ads appear within a user’s News Feed without them knowing, and links throughout the blogosphere on how Zuckerberg is now the grinch for spoiling Christmas gift surprises everywhere.
I'm pretty active on Facebook, and I'm beginning to feel a little neglected by my brands because they are not talking to me. Anyone else getting messages around products? In any case, and opt-out policy was changed to an opt-in and now all the cyber hippies are happy I guess. Read/WriteWeb has the story.
Forrester Releases a 22-Page Report on Web 2.0 Enablers in Enterprise
Which begs the question, why isn't there service a wiki already? Dan Farber at Between The Lines summarizes their weird categorical chart on "Information Workplace Tenants," which include Contextual, Individualized, Seamless, Visual, Multimodal, Social and Quick. No not Chocolate Quick, that's Facebook...pay attention now.
One of the best conversations around social networking principals showing real benefits for business this month came from Harvard Business blog Conversation Starter. Here, Forrester analyst and web 2.0 proponent Charlene Li argues that Facebook apps are still in their infancy, so of course they will remain playful, but have potential value for business to get involved. Then, here, Babson IT Management faculty chair Tom Davenport totally vampire bites her whole argument by reemphasizing some critical points around work hierarchies that he does not see changing any time soon. Tom, look for me in the Super Wall Room bro, I like your writing style.
Om Continues Best of Breed Actions in New Breed of Journalist Camp
Om Malik was one of the first journalists to quickly realize the power and reach of blogging, and he is now heading up his own media company because of it. November saw two wins for GigaOm's crew, with a successful conference in NewTeeVee Live and a post on Verizon's recent market-defining moves with Open Network (a repositioning of the network as a developer platform) before anything appeared in the industry standard Wall Street Journal.
From Sam Whitmore "Perhaps it's this combination of authority and approachability that led BusinessWeek.com and Portfolio.com to link to Malik's analysis of the Verizon news -- not to mention the blogosphere, which according to Google Blog Search cited Malik's analysis 21 times."
The post that got everyone talking can be found here.