Rise of the Messaging Service

Two years ago a friend asked me if I was on Whatsapp, to which I promptly replied “What app??” After heavily investing my time on Facebook, Twitter et all. I was not looking forward to using another product on a daily basis. But if I wanted to stay in touch with friends in India I little choice. To my surprise I was so attached to the service that I paid to renew earlier this year. 

This morning I came across a rather ominously worded article “Facebook ‘dead and buried’ as teens switch to Snapchat and Whatsapp”. The article based the claim on a study conducted on British teens and found that they were embarrassed of being on Facebook.

“Not only are 16-18 year olds moving on to rivals such as Snapchat, Whatsapp and even Twitter, teens are embarrassed to be so much as associated with Facebook, as their parents adopt the network, researchers said. Continue reading

Google “Search Plus Your World” – Opportunistic or Monopolistic?

I smell a lawsuit or at the very least a lot of hullabaloo. Google announced the next step towards Social Search with “Search, plus your world” . Whereby it will personalize Google search results by integrating social data from Google+. According to Google’s official blog post, here is a brief description of the service:

“We’re transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships. We began this transformation with Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step in this direction by introducing three new features:

  1. Personal Results, which enable you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts—both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page;
  2. Profiles in Search, both in autocomplete and results, which enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and,
  3. People and Pages, which help you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable you to follow them with just a few clicks. Because behind most every query is a community. Continue reading