It is all about search

The new home page of  Twitter say it all. Real-time search is coming and  permits to “share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world”. Twitter has defined itself the Pulse of the world and has ambitious targets, 1 Billion users by 2013 with a user being defined as a “unique individual having a conscious twitter experience in a given week.”  The leaked Twitter documents published partly on TechCrunch gives a nice overview on the strategy and plans for Twitter. Many people said there was no business and no business model, well it is coming and it seems a very strong value proposition.


Mobile Apps: native or browser based?

At the moment we have two visions, apparently conflicting, on future of mobile applications. Will mobile applications be written in the native language of the platform, or they will be platform-independent and browser-based? The discussion is still open and there is no clear answer.

Google, Apple: Two Mobile Software Visions is the title of a BusinessWeek article. TechCrunh reports “Google Says Mobile Web Apps Will Win In The Long Haul“, via the FT article App stores are not the future, says Google.

In June 2009 Comscore press release says, “..the mobile browser is the leading access method for seeking local information..However, the strongest growth in the category is coming from downloaded applications.”

The two visions are not complementary when the Web becomes the platform as in Google Chrome OS. What it is certain is that at the moment the App store is very popular and all the players in the mobile domain are or are going to have one.  But for the future, I tend to agree with the Google’s view and I believe that that browser-based apps will have the largest share of the market.

Google Chrome OS

Google has just announced Google Chrome OS. From the post:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

With this move Google is clearly entering in the Microsoft space. But  in the digital convergence world, the boundaries are fuzzy and there is no “safe space” where to play. The concept of Plaform Envelopment is relevant here.

Google has already Android, the operating system originally designed for mobile phones. Android was now going upscale and being introduced in netbooks, the conflict with the Chrome OS is clear. But their approach is pragmatic, at the end people will decide what to use, the statement from the post:

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

Interesting to see that like Android, the Chrome OS is released with its source code, a very different approach from Windows closed source policy. This reflects a different philosophy  and their very different business models.

The news in TechCrunch Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome, Google Chrome: Redefining The Operating System and in the NYT Google Plans a PC Operating System.

Discussion on Free by Chris Anderson

The latest book of Chris Anderson is just out and it has already created interesting discusssions on the argument. Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business.

The first news was about the use of quotes from Wikipedia not expressely cited by the author. Chris answered in his blog with the post Corrections in the digital editions of Free.

And then, the quite critic review from Malcolm Gladwell  in The New Yorker “Priced to sell“. And Chris’s answer Dear Malcolm: Why so threatened?. The Times magazine gives points to Malcolm in the debate between the two. But Seth Godin presents his opionion in the post Malcolm is wrong.

John Gapper of Financial Times, reviewed and discusses Free in his blog with Chris Anderson.  See An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson, John has missed the essential point of Free, Some questions for Chris about “freemium”, Some industries are more Free than others.

A review of Free from BusinessWeek, Chris Anderson: Not Just Info Wants to Be Free.

Overall, interesting discussions as the book goes live. These discussions are healthy and very interesting to follow.  Chris has good points and he is describing something that it is already happening. From my side, I am waiting the book I have pre-ordered from Amazon, even though I have been reading Chris’s blog for quite a while and I have followed these topics for a few years already.