through sewell's eyes

Friday, July 20, 2007

Facebook

If you haven't heard of Facebook, then consider yourself completely out of the loop. You might have not have an account, but you probably read about it in some magazine or newspaper.

Did you know that about 50% of its users are above 25 years old? Granted most of its users are active college students, but in a few years once they graduate college, they are going to continue using Facebook to keep in touch with their friends from HS and college.

And now with their first acquisition, I wonder if are starting to take some of the wind out of Google's sail. Based on the information on Parakey, their product/service definitely fits the core Facebook audience (students). Being able to work on a document remotely and share it with multiple people (like on a class project) and then have it sync'd to your PC makes is an invaluable service to have. (it definitely would a great tool for business travelers as well.)

With students already logging into Facebook multiple times a day and now the Parakey acquistion, Facebook is turning into the "destination" site for web users. Does Google really care and just keep focusing on search or will they try to counter Facebook with their own FREE integrated platform? (currently it isn't)

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

No iPhone for me

at least for now.... I spent this past weekend flipping and flopping about whether to get one or not. I played with it over the weekend at several AT&T stores and I love the interface. It is very fast and responsive and being able to take your finger and fling it to move to the next screen is so cool!. I even loaded up booksmoothie on one of them to see if the iPhone render the site correctly. And it does =)

So why didn't I pick one up? There are a few different reasons. One being is cost. Since I'm on a budget right now, I don't have that much spare cash at the moment. I rather save up to buy a new laptop soon. Since I will only consider a Thinkpad or an Apple machine, I need all the cash I can save.

Another reason is the missing features that I would to see on the iPhone.
  • Removable SIM card (so that I switch to a "junk" phone when the need arises)
  • Zoom in camera
  • 3G
  • Word Processing software
  • GPS
  • Removable battery

I probably won't wait until all the features are added, but most of them probably need to get in place before I buy one. I hope that v. 2 will hit in on the mark.

But for the next few weeks, I'm going to be doubting my decision..........