For the record, I’m one of them.
The news reporting the average age of a kindle user is a bit dated at this point (ancient, 2 week old), for those that missed it, on a forum site, 70% of Kindle owners reported their age and it turns out the average age reported is 40.
That doesn’t surprise me. The Kindle is dedicated to delivering long form content like books, magazines, and newspapers. Amazon is smart to keep the Kindle targeted and develop future features with this core application and usage in mind.
On a vaguely related note, earlier last week Steve Gilmore proclaimed RSS to be dead and hence blogs and longer form content not nearly as relevant than before (my words, not his); Twitter acting as the grim reaper that made the use, or rather the need, to use RSS, obsolete. Hence Twitter is a better mechanism to disseminate and propagate information than RSS.
He may be right about short format information. However, I believe Steve’s broader application to all RSS content based dissemination may miss the mark. While Twitter has proven itself as hugely valuable for updates, announcements, and offers, Twitter’s feeds an ADHD torrent of info porn. Kindle, as a proxy for longer format content on the other hand is designed for attention centric activities like reading a book or newspaper.
Twitter = jump into the info torrent.
Kindle = jump into a single info stream.
So am I right about the content attention centricity being tightly bound to platform primary usage and demographic profiles are the trailing edge? Let’s watch text book sales as a crossover usage to the Twitter generation.
I love this picture, quite the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic designs and material.
The photo was taken in Hong Kong. The scaffolding is made out of bamboo which is tied together to build the superstructure used outside of the building under construction.
In some ways this makes me think of the interactions that online and social community software companies try to capture.
Some companies like Jive, Mzinga, and of course HiveLive (where I work), take the organic predisposition of humans to interconnect and bind. In turn, the software provides the structure and meta-framework that allows for the maximization of discovery and interactions, both human and information centric.
Of course I’m greatly biased as to which company does it the best, cough, HiveLive.
Last Thursday OpenID announced that Facebook would join its board. This is a big announcement because many view OpenID and Facebook Connect (Facebook’s API) as competitors. However, if you look at the comments in some blogs, many support the move and anticipate the benefits and wider adoption not only for users, but for companies supporting OpenID as well.
For social and online community software providers like HiveLive, there are benefits to accepting OpenID, Facebook Connect, and Open Social. The inherent openness of the widely accepted APIs allows for streamlined interactions among users and their profile data across the web; my profile information (and in some cases the content I create) may move easily follow me across the web from site to site. I do not need to recreate content and contacts at, say, Facebook or Adobe Users Groups; my information would freely flow between both sites. By allowing this information to easily flow in and out of a community, social and online community software providers help further propagate traditionally single site-bound information. A community member’s information and UGC follows them across the web. Archipelagos of people, interactions, and content give way to interactive and people-content woven continents.
Even more forward-looking, I see this as one more step to the growing acceptance of SaaS. As more websites allow profile information, user interactions, and sometimes content to follow users from site to site, the flow of information will continue to evolve towards the cloud and way from hard drives. Barriers to content and information sharing deteriorate. Not only will users’ lives be “lived” more online, the attributes and interactions that define identify will be more easily available.
Update: RRW has posted a write up of yesterday’s OpenID UX (User Experience) Summit. While the 92% seems a bit, um, inflated, perhaps in the words of Marshall Kirkpatrick “OpenID’s usability problems appear closer than ever to being solved for good.”