Sunday, March 13, 2011

Crisis Data: Who's Cloud are you on?

Crisis Data: Who's Cloud are you on?: "'Within an hour, more than 1,200 tweets a minute were coming from Tokyo. By the end of Friday, American time, a total of 246,075 Twitter p..."

Business of Cloud Computing: Data is the new oil

Business of Cloud Computing: Data is the new oil: "There is something happening that only a very few folks are aware of directly; IMHO either because of little expousre or legal|swore oaths ..."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hyper Local Communities

In this day and age bragging about having hypelocal-anything is all the rage.  While we agree that hyper local is important the part that most miss about it is that local is always tied to a name.

If you don't have a name that reflects the communities name the chance of building a corresponding  community online is very slime.  I have watched very one from AOL ~ Microsoft (with all manner of folks trying it now) and they are all doing the same thing-- attaching their name to every community.

So take our 14 years of building Communities Online for what it's worth and dont make the community come to your name bring theirs to them.

BTW  Guess who own really owns the Hyper Local Communities market. Hint. Just look to the Cloud. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, November 22, 2010

Who's Cloud are you on is a question that everyone needs to be asking

This Cloud is going to be more then a little disruption for most small to mid sized bushiness. From the cost, servicing saving to the jobs surrounding the business machine that was the standalone client model, to then a server and now this whole new approach of Cloud Computing.

Let's face it most owners had their first experience as owners of a personal computer that was able to handle business sized operations when the internet was just taking off. So the knowledge, skills inherent to run the machines that run our business if not by the owner where done by a class of workers that bordered on being temple priest or tax collectors ~ Depending upon the needs you have and who was going to be able to solve them.

Well now  the business of cloud computing is changing this to the point where businesses, nonprofits, community groups and individuals can have a world class computing support, services and it's all free at the basic level.  

As a small experiment we have taken a cleaning company that we use and completely cloud enabled them.
I asked her what does she have to do every time she comes to our house, thrown out all the unopened marketing material as family members float on by checkin out hours of ads all on the Cloud. 
I'll have to admit it was a bit of a personal issues I needed them to be where I was and having the ability to call them and leave detailed instructions on a Google phone account, schedule cleaning times including emergency cleans on a Google Calendar.  The simple act of just communicating about something both to them and now them to us with their blog and google group  is where they a copy need to be.

In our market place this company has an temporarily advantage in technology and the reduced cost to put it into place and it is up to them to use this as a time to get to more clients like us that want a company that meets them on the cloud. Funny for me to now offer a referral I can pretty much just send out a tweet that will like to their page, blog or twitter account saying hey in this social media stream I can be reached and I want to reach you here.  Not in a flyer that is going to be thrown away the next time the trash goes out.

So does anyone reading this with their own company or one they work and want to see be successful in the NOW. If we all agree on this premise the cloud is going to be a huge difference then it stands to reason that these owners would want their cloud to now intermingle with other clouds.

So we are back on the point of the whole blog. Who's cloud are you on.  We believe that your personal cloud is going to want to merge with local clouds at point of neighborliness. like AdamsMorgan(.net) or BowieTownCenter(.net) which in turn are connected to semi local clouds like DistrictCloud(.net) which is then connected to the MetropolitanCloud(.net) and from their to even larger clouds.

While we have no lock on the future we do know that removing the cost of computing and freeing up the brainpower of companies, individuals and organization will lead to more time for them to connect to those of geocentric interest and the whole world at the same time.

So Who's Cloud are You on?