Really just an excuse to use the wonderful image above.
Although did remind me of this article by Tim Young: “Our Changing Information Diet” which is worth reading for a nostalgic view of (only about 15 years) the time when we probably had much healthier information diets.
“our food consumption and information consumption habits actually closely resemble each other”
Poor information diets are as calorie rich, abundant and unhelpful as their nutritional equivalents.
As we continue to increase the number of people we follow and the number of feeds we consume, we are all increasing the complexity of our information diet. The question is does Increasing the complexity and volume of information we ingest can have a similar effect to increasing your daily intake of calories?
As the saying goes “data is free, meaning has value” – or for that read – we have no shortage of food just a need to follow a healthy diet.
Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine puts the location being at the heart of the mobile experience very well.
So here’s the key parts of it.
“The winner in local will be the one that knows more about what’s around me right now. Using my smartphone’s GPS and maps—or using Google Googles to simply take a picture of, say, a club on the corner—I can ask the web what it knows about that place. Are any of my friends there now? (Foursquare or Gowalla or soon Facebook and Twitter and Google Buzz could tell me.) Do my friends like the place? (Facebook and Yelp have the answer.) Show me pictures and video from inside (that’s just geo-tagged content from Flickr and YouTube). Show me government data on the place (any health violations or arrests? Everyblock has that). What band is playing there tonight? Let me hear them. Let me buy their music. What’s on the menu? What’s the most popular dish? Give me coupons and bargains. OK, now I’ll tell my friends (on Twitter and Facebook) that I’m there and they’ll follow”
To do all this, Google—or the next Google—needs two things: First, it needs more data; it needs us to annotate the world with information (if Google can’t find this data elsewhere on the web, it will create the means for us to generate it). Second, Google needs to know more about us—it needs more signals such as location, usage history, and social networks—so it can make its services more relevant to us.