Thanks to the Interesting People email list for pointing out this: if you input Tianamen with a capital T into the Chinese version of Google, you get images of the student protests from a number of years ago.
There are arguments for-and-against Chris Anderson’s concept of the long tail and discussions have gone back-and-forth on some of the data points that he has used. Its one of them ideas that will be trotted out as a cliche, so that strategic thinkers in a business and, or its consultants can avoid having to think for themselves.
However, I found this sweet interface (pictured) at Last.fm where you can run a slider up and down the tale getting popular to really obscure musical recommendations out of the system. The long tail metaphor provides a really intuitive way of communicating how to use the slider.
I remember one of my colleagues at the time coming back from media briefings explaining how then 3Com CEO Eric Benhamou had talked about becoming too connected. This was a number of years ago and at the time when the 3Com tag line was ‘more connected’.Benhamou was smart enough to see the implications of the Internet and wireless technologies and how they would impact on society.
I was reminded of Benhamou’s comments by
this piece on Computerworld.com that talks about how businesses are making the decision to go with wireless devices for some of the wrong reasons and is symptomatic of bad management techiniques or structures.
Picture courtesey of DHD Multimedia.