Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Facebook is Your New Desktop

August 8, 2009

by joseph.young.2009

With the massive growth in social gaming over the past 12 months, I felt it was necessary to get some first hand experience on what makes these games so successful. Though I’m still studying the space, one takeaway from the experience was Facebook’s design to become your new desktop.

What do I mean by this? Just look at these two pictures.

FacebookDesktop

The first image shows Facebook in my browser at fullscreen (F11 on Firefox and IE). This should not look surprising to anyone who has used Facebook recently to play a flashed based game. What is interesting is when you compare this image to the image of a clean install of Windows XP.

xpDesktop

The “Start” menu in Windows is replaced by the “Applications” in Facebook. Bookmarked application buttons give you access to the Facebook apps you access often. This is a direct copy of the quick launch icons in the windows taskbar (not shown in this screenshot). On the bottom right of the Facebook window is the chat client that mimics a chat program (say MSN) in your system tray.

Facebook has taken a user interface (UI) that the majority of computer users are familiar (Windows XP), and reproduced it online. This may be due to the Microsofts investment in Facebook, or just a reflection of their chummy relationship. My opinion on Facebook’s strategy is a bit more nefarious. The end goal is to kill the heavyweight OS, and instead have users connect directly to the web when they boot up their computers and spend all their computer time in Facebook.

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Stumbled Upon Sites

December 16, 2008

by joseph.young.2009

I ran into a bunch of new and exciting website links. I thought I’d share them with everyone who doesn’t already have their day filled with next generation business news. Here goes…

startup.partnerup.com

Source: startup.partnerup.com

http://startup.partnerup.com/

All about startups, entrepreneurs, and small business. All the time.

truemors.com

Source: truemors.com

http://truemors.nowpublic.com/

A rumor spreading website.

http://www.tilzy.tv/rex-sorgatzs-im-just-sayin-aims-to-be-diggnation-for-girls.htm

Online webisodes blog. I never knew there was so much dang web content. And of good quality!

vimeo.com

Source: vimeo.com

http://vimeo.com/imjustsayin

Conversations amongst friends. Unscripted. On tape.

I don’t have nearly the amount of time to read all this content. Anyone want to follow it and share their google reader shared items with me? Otherwise, I’m going to miss stuff on it.

Revenue Models for Online Entities – Strategy vs. Exit

July 9, 2008

by radymarketingon

A critical issue for Internet startups is how to turn the cool idea into revenue. Acknowledging that in the past this was less of a concerns, here is an entrepreneur who discusses this issue in an interesting way as they pertain to his venture ( blog post ).

The bottom line, whether you plan an early exit or not, the revenue model should be an integral part of the strategy!