bookmark_borderWould TV stand a chance today?

watch TV in the Car
Originally uploaded by Tark Siala

Everybody grew up with TV.

Over the years, we’ve got more and more channels, bigger and bigger screens, and even a bit of interactivity and recording facilities recently.

However, I do wonder whether TV would stand a chance if it hadn’t been invented until today (but with other inventions, such as the internet and mobile phones, being around as usual).

I mean, how would a person who had grown up with the internet but not with TV react to a TV?

– I’d like to watch Iggle Piggle now.

– It’s not on, sorry. We can record it next time it’s on, though.

– What do you mean, “it’s not on”?!? But I want to watch it now. So how to I record the past episodes?

– You can’t do that, either, sorry. You’ll have to buy them on DVD or hope they’ll rerun it one day.

– OK. Let’s watch something else… (Ten minutes later.) This is quite nice. Let’s send a link to my pals.

– A link? Send? What are you talking about?!?

And so on. I really don’t think it would stand a chance. People would admire the nice clear pictures, but they’d just wait for YouTube to implement that.


opensocial 2
Originally uploaded by sorenshaman

Google’s OpenSocial looks promising.

I’ve been fairly enthusiastic about the way FaceBook have opened up their site to 3rd party applications, but at the same time it’s worried me that they’d monopolise everything eventually.

An open API is a much better idea. I have to find out more about it to see where the potential pitfalls are, but I definitely think it’ll be worthwhile developing appications for OpenSocial.