“The iPad took the top spot on kids’ Christmas wish lists in a Nielsen survey of 3,000 U.S. residents aged 6 and over, beating 16 other popular gaming and computing devices. The 13 and up set also favored the iPad over other brand tablets and computers.”
Mary Meeker’s 2012 Internet Trends.
[technology / culture / resource / inspiration / trends]
As someone who sent this around at work said: Mary Meeker is smarter than you. Or at least she spends more time doing research. Last week she released her 2012 trends deck, which is pretty fantastic if you look past the design. After covering the bases with stats on everything from tablets to mobile to smartphone, Mary then re-imagines certain industries or themes and the ways they’ve changed as a result of technology. While some of the “re-imagination’s are a bit more obvious, the good stuff comes after slide 59 when she explores the sharing economy.
Kickstarter: Funding revolution or digital panhandling?
[crowd-sourcing / creativity / funding / technology]
I loved stumbling upon this article because I always say that instead of giving money to strangers on the street, I give money to strangers on the internet… through Kickstarter. I don’t usually do it for the products, though that’s often a nice bonus – Instead, I do it because I feel like I’m helping someone in need. Helping someone fulfill their dreams. But recently there’s been a rise in criticism around projects. Rob Fahey weighs in on reasonable criticism and arguments made up of nonsense.
We Are Legion: The story of the hacktivists.
[hackers / anonymous / technology / culture]
“Remember, remember the 5th of November: gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder & treason should ever be forgot.” As I watched the trailer for this documentary about online hacker group, Anonymous, the nursery rhyme repeated in my head. I’ve had this trailer open for days and how fitting that I chose the 5th of November to actually give it a go. [I’m sold. I’ve already purchased the movie (DRM-free) and plan to watch it on my flight this weekend.] While many members of Anonymous have been arrested, fined and even sentenced to jail, most are law-abiding citizens that see themselves as “activists and protectors of free speech.” We Are Legion is the story of Anonymous - from the early hacker groups to 4Chan and recent arrests.
Sapient Nitro’s Insights Report - Redefining Experience: Transforming global business through connected thinking.
[marketing / technology / inspiration / culture]
I’m a little late on this one, but some good stuff buried in here - from digital luxury 101 to the rise of the global consumer. It’s dense so take save it and come back to it when you need inspiration.
This text will self destruct: Snapchat sweeps campus.
[privacy / culture / selfies / technology]
Talk about a false sense of privacy: Snapchat lets you send a message that deletes itself in a matter of seconds. The kids these days are using it to capture self-portraits, or selfies. Except that these aren’t your average selfies, these are really ugly selfies. According to NY Mag, they are “almost always of faces, and almost always comically unflattering.” And of course, for sexting. And while the image may delete itself, there’s no one stopping you from screengrabbing the image on your phone. A notification is sent to the sender if the recepient does so, but at that point there’s nothing that can be done to stop the spread if the recepient so chooses. Super interesting app that capitalizes on a great cultural insight. Thanks to my incredibly awesome boss, Orli, for sending this one around!