Time to get back into the saddle of things here after a few days off to do some planning and think about where to go next with Profectio, which includes our fall/ winter line up of events. It has been a great first few months, met a ton of interesting people and have had the opportunity to look at a lot of unique businesses across Canada. This whole notion of Web 2.0 has brought back life to the Internet and we’re seen a ton of new companies launch, the one thing that sometimes makes it hard to share their stories is what I call the lack of being “recession proof” with their business models. Web 2.0, social networks, user-generated content are all great ideas in theory, but what people forget is they will only work when people have free time. We’re currently enjoying pretty good economic times, but it won’t last forever and when the it does there will be no free time to report the news for CityTV, submit photos to one of four social networking sites that you below to or any other activity that doesn’t directly add any value to your life or put money in your pocket. How much longer will consumers embrace social media? Will the upcoming Presidential election have an impact as a new government comes into play and the inflation rates start to rise again? I won’t pretend to be an economist, but no party can last forever, right?
The world does continue to turn, and Steve Jobs is never afraid to introduce the world to a new way to thinking and communicating, as Apple launched the much anticipated iPhone last week. Buzz around the Internet really goes into two games, those who are die-hard Apples fans and think it is the great thing and those that see it as just another gadget. At a price tag of $599 US, I can’t see myself rushing into a line up to be the first on my block to have one, not to mention the fact that it isn’t available in Canada “yet.”
Remember Google big purchase? Oh wait, which one, the $1.6 billion purchase of DoubleClick, there is an interesting break down on the Google blog as to why they made the purchase. In short, it is to play catch up to Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL in the online advertising business, and leverage DoubleClick’s technology to serve up better targeted ads.
Now let’s take a look at see who’d doing what this week across Canada’s connected communities…