Monthly Archives: January 2011

The History of Social Networking

In case you hadn’t heard, social networking is big. Sites like Facebook and Twitter dominate the tech news sites with every move they make getting attention. How much are they worth? Who’s using them now? What changes are coming? As with everything, social networking has a history.

Looking back over the decades, we can see what has led up to this “social revolution” that is taking over the Internet and entering into our real lives. It seems that as a society, we share almost everything. What we eat, where we shop, what we’re watching on television (or Hulu, or Netflix, or…)–slowly but surely everything is losing its status as “sacred” with sharing becoming the norm.

As we dive into the past, our friends at Online Schools take us into a distant decade when social networking was about knocking on doors and asking friends and relatives to talk about this new form of revenue called “the pyramid scheme.” Now, it’s grown to so much more.

To understand what’s next with social networking, it’s important to look back and see where we’ve been and what has gotten us here.

BY FC Expert Blogger JD RuckerMon Jan 24, 2011

 

Tipografías del mundo

Tipografías del Mundo es un poster creado por  Shelby White para mostrar las tipografías comunmente utilizadas hoy en día. El poster incluye información de cada tipografía como el año en que fue creada, el lugar y el tipógrafo. Estas 50 tipografias fueron seleccionadas en base a su popularidad y uso. Fue por mera coincidencia que se hayan repartido 50/50 entre Europa y Estados Unidos. Esto demuestra que la mayoría de las tipografías surgen de esos lugares.

http://blog.wanken.com/

What Apple Can Learn From Walt Disney | Fast Company

 

No one knows how long Steve Jobs will be absent from the helm of Apple. The challenge for Apple one day–and I hope it is decades from now–is to find a new CEO. Right now the decision would be straightforward. Tim Cook, the current COO, is a skilled operations man, and according to The New York Times very much “in charge” at Apple. He is the ideal person for the job.

Finding a replacement for Steve Jobs, as the Times noted, the breakthrough innovator, dealmaker and person of influence, is frankly impossible. And so Apple would do well to forget trying to find one. Rather, as many have pointed out, it would be wise to turn to a committee of people to do what Jobs has done.

Steve Jobs is irreplaceable as was another innovator-entrepreneur, Walt Disney. He began his career as a cartoonist but early in his career turned his talents to thinking and creating and running a creative department. The Walt Disney Company became the tour de force in animation. Walt’s genius was in storytelling and in getting so many other talented artists to go along with his ideas and work together. He shepherded the Imagineers, creative types who thought out of the box but were willing to work collaboratively to create the most exciting entertainment products their day.

Disney was also restless. If you could create fantasies on celluloid, couldn’t you do it in real life? Thus was born Disneyland where so many of his characters came to life in 3D in the form of walking characters and amusement park rides. Disney also created and hosted a television series on ABC as a means of promoting the park as well as finding an outlet for the many Disney films, including specially produced nature films.

Disney’s attention to detail ensured that his park would not be the sleazy carny style he knew from boyhood but would be very different. Customers were called “guests” and cleanliness, service and hospitality were paramount. When Walt died in 1966, plans for his next big thing, Disney World in Orlando, were well under way. The park opened in 1971. A succession of CEOs ran the company as caretakers, doing what Walt would do operationally but not what he would do creatively. They were not innovators.

It took a new generation of management, headed by Michael Eisner, to take the Walt Disney Company to new horizons. Eisner’s lieutenant, Jeffrey Katzenberg, let the company’s return to producing animated features. It also expanded its theme parks and found new sources of revenue in merchandising its characters and in the steady release of its film library on videotape and later DVD.

The company acquired Capital Cities, which owned ABC television and ESPN. [It even bought Pixar, a company headed by Steve Jobs.] Eisner unlike Disney eventually drove off senior talent and was replaced by Robert Iger. Today the Walt Disney Company remains an icon force in entertainment, theme parks and retail.

Walt Disney, like Steve Jobs, was a once in a lifetime executive. Companies do not replace them. They prepare for their departure by promoting the cadre of people of many different talents and do what Walt did better than anyone–get them all to work together to create something valuable that consumers will want to experience.

That challenge will be one that will define Apple’s future.

Via FC Expert Blogger John Baldoni

 

Ken Robinson, Cambiando Paradigmas (en español)

Pantone Madreselva 18-2120, el Color del Año 2011

La compañía Pantone ha desvelado cuál es el Color del Año 2011: el estimulante Pantone Madreselva 18-2120  (Honeysuckle, según su terminología inglesa), un color vibrante con un matiz energético que anima el espíritu y transmite seguridad para afrontar los constantes retos de la vida.

Mientras que el color del año 2010, el Pantone Turquesa 15-5519, significa una desconexión para muchos, el color Madreselva nos brinda energía y fuerza para afrontar los asuntos diarios con brío y vigor. Tono dinámico entre rosa y rojo, el color Madreselva es esperanzador y reanimador. Eleva la mente, inculcando confianza, coraje y espíritu para afrontar todos los retos que se han convertido en parte de nuestra vida.
“En momentos de estrés, necesitamos algo para animar al espíritu. El Madreselva es un color cautivador y estimulante que consigue que se tenga constante adrenalina, perfecta para rechazar la tristeza y melancolía”, explica Leatrice Eiseman, directora ejecutiva de Pantone Color Institute. “El color Madreselva emana cualidades positivas gracias al poderoso vínculo con su color materno, el rojo, el color más físico y vivo en la gama de colores”.
Eiseman continua: “La intensidad de este alegre color entre rosa y rojo, atrae y engancha. De hecho, este color es lo que lleva a los colibrís hacia el néctar, y no la dulce fragancia de las flores. El Madreselva también puede aportar un golpe de nostalgia por sus deliciosas fragancias asociadas con los recuerdos de los despreocupados días de primavera y verano”.

El Madreselva crea un rubor saludable cuando lo visten tanto hombres como mujeres. Es un color que llama la atención que funciona muy bien en la ropa, complementos y cosmética femenina, tanto de día como de noche. También es un color perfecto para corbatas, camisetas y ropa de deporte masculina. Usado en decoración interior, el Madreselva añade un estilo vivo a los espacios sobre, por ejemplo, cojines estampados, sábanas, pequeños electrodomésticos o accesorios de mesa.

Desde hace una década, las declaraciones sobre el Color del Año Pantone han influido en el desarrollo del producto y en las decisiones de compra para múltiples industrias, incluyendo la industria de la moda y del diseño industrial y del hogar. Los colores de años pasados son: Pantone 15-5519 Turquesa (2010), Pantone 14-0848 Mimosa (2009), Pantone 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008), Pantone 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007), Pantone 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006), Pantone 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005), Pantone 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004), Pantone 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003), Pantone 19-1664 True Red (2002), Pantone 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001) y Pantone 15-4020 Cerulean (2000).

www.pantone-espana.com

‘Comprar, tirar, comprar’: un documental sobre la caducidad programada de los bienes de consumo

 

“App” es la palabra del año

“App” es la palabra del año 2010 en inglés, según la Sociedad Americana de Dialecto, que la seleccionó durante su reunión anual llevada a cabo en Pittsburgh (EE.UU). El vocablo es una abreviatura de “application” (aplicación en castellano) y hace referencia a los programas informáticos que pueden instalarse en teléfonos inteligentes, tabletas y ordenadores.

El argot tecnológico venció en la votación a “nom”, una onomatopeya del sonido que hace el monstruo de las galletas de Barrio Sésamo y que, según la organización, significa “comer con placer”. En tercer lugar quedó “junk” (basura o cachivaches). Detrás de ella se colocó “wikileaks”, mientras “trend” (tendencia) ocupó la quinta posición. Entre los vocablos con más posibilidades de éxito, la Sociedad Americana de Dialecto seleccionó a “trend” y “hacktivismo”.

La Sociedad Americana de Dialecto está integrada por lingüistas, historiadores, investigadores, expertos en etimología escritores, editores y estudiantes, entre otros. En 2009 la palabra del año fue “tweet”.

Via: Muy Interesante