No, you’re not. You’re a bunch of clueless corporate morons.
The planning began in early March…
Please read on: apparently, it took two months to come up with a tweet that says that you should serve your cheese at room temperature. And the tweet was favourited twice! Huge success.
And the best part of it all: they outsourced it! They probably paid big bucks to some “agency” that employs teams of social-media and advertising experts, aka otherwise unemployed young kids. Experts in what, exactly? Do they know cheese better than those who work at President Cheese?
And would you really waste time and money on Twitter if you sold cheese? I would not.
Because the iPhone and the iPad are used by rich people, and Android by the fuckin’ poor scum of the Earth. Like me. You may not like it, but think about it – it makes sense, doesn’t it?
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
tumblr, blogging hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the 4chan threads at dawn
looking for some tranny dicks,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the facebook heavenly
connection to the starry dynamo in the machin
-ery of night
- Ryder Ripps, Howl 2.0
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Extremists have shown what frightens them the most:
a girl with a book – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Book review, The Washington Post: I Am Malala.
October, 2007: Nokia pays $8.1 billion for NavTeq.
September, 2013: Microsoft pays $7.17 billion for Nokia.
Oh, but Nokia gets to keep the Here.com business unit.
2007 was the year the iPhone started shipping, in June.
I don’t get it. Are these people really so clueless to think they can compete on data with Google or Facebook? Google knows what you search, who you email (thanks to GMail), which sites you browse (thanks to Chrome) and where you are at all times (thanks to Android). On top of this, they own Doubleclick, which serves a significant share of the world’s banner ads. Do Omnicom or Publicis own something similar to Doubleclick? Not that I know. So, can anybody tell me what kind of “Big Data” (first paragraph, page 2) they are talking about? They buy campaigns from Google and then what? And then they think they can “analyse” the data better? Online ads don’t work. That’s why you need all that data and all that number-crunching power. Omnicom and Publicis have neither. Weren’t they supposed to be strong on strategy and ideas and creativity? Have they given up on all that? So now they want to beat Google at its game? Sounds like the perfect suicide to me.
Crowdfunding is all the rage. Great. Fairphone wanted (and found) ten thousand people to pre-pay 325€ for their phone. That’s a nice 3.25 million Euros.
Canonical, however, is now trying to raise 32 million US Dollars for their own phone. How is needing 10x the amount of money justified? I don’t get it.
In the summer of Y2K I went to California on vacation. The bubble had already burst, but there were still a few Flooz.com ads to be laughed at. I spent a couple of days around Silicon Valley. The only thing that struck me about this otherwise uninteresting place were the prices in ‘Italian’ restaurants. 16 to 18 bucks for a ‘risotto-ooo’ made me wonder if a dotcom were really the best path to riches.
Fast-forward 10+ years. No dotcoms anymore, and start-ups are all about software. As they should have been in the first place. Software as a service. Today, I paid 4-Euros-50, which is close to 6 bucks, for an ice-cream in Barcelona. Buy ice-cream-making machines (servers), learn how to do 8 great flavors (software), find a suitable location (SEO?) and then it’s all about traffic and scaling.
Having just read this post, Ice Cream as a Service (ICaaS) sounds like a much better plan to me.
Android -> I want a FairPhone with Firefox OS or Ubuntu!
Chrome -> Firefox, Opera or… Yandex? Maybe Opera?
Dropbox -> MEO Cloud ✓
Facebook -> READ-ONLY ?
GMail -> FastMail? Probably not.
GMail for your domain -> ZOHO ✓
Google Drive -> QUIT ✓
Google Search -> DuckDuckGo ✓
Mac -> ElementaryOS ?
Skype -> Rebtel ✓
Twitter -> QUIT ✓
Whatsapp -> iO? Meglio ancora, Telegram!