It's hard to dethrone the king. It's not because the king is necessarily best, or even the most beloved. Sometimes the king was just the first on the scene, or maybe circumstances just fell that way.
Facebook is the current king of social networking, and despite some faltering steps doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. It has many lessons to learn from its predecessor, MySpace. But so do its competitors.
If you have a Facebook account, you've seen it in your feed at least once before... "If I can get one million likes then something cool will happen!" My wife will agree for us to get a dog. Or a bunny. Name the baby after a pop culture reference. Or "If I get one million likes I'll do this or that."
This Facebook trend is annoying and irrational, but the better question is how it came to be in the first place, and why. Is there some magic threshold number of Likes that we believe bestows legitimacy? This sounds trivial for bunnies, but makes a big difference for businesses. Do Likes really translate into fame or mass approval? Or is the million Likes just an absurd extrapolation of our innermost desire to be the center of attention?
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 has come and gone, and gadgets radical and practical have been exhibited for all to see.
Now there are a number of things I hope to see in the future, if not in use by this year at least with concrete effort in development. Some of these things already popped up at Las Vegas, others, well, let's just keep our fingers crossed.
And so goes another year. CES is just around the corner, with new toys aplenty, and with a new year comes another 12 months of developer conferences, product announcements, and updates.
But before we embark on all that, here's what I've had to live through during 2012. There are sharp criticisms to be had, but each one of them is only that much more a window of potential success.