The death of the Soap Opera continues, Twitter demographics surprise, and Those Birds are Angry and Profitable! It's your must-know geek news!
Proctor And Gamble fairly invented the Soap Opera: and they're pretty much given up and move to Social Media. Now Social Media spawns many real-life soap operas, but I confess to some nostalgia at the continued passing of the genre.
The Demographics of Twitter. Some real surprises here.
Quick estimate: in 2011 mobile traffic will equal internet traffic in 2002
Venture Capitalist putting their money where their meme is in gameification. Thats a trend I want to follow as game metaphors are really useful having been time-tested, but finding what works versus what is just game would take effort I imagine. End result – software interfaces will change . . . but right now people are throwing money at gameification, so you may want to read up on it.
Fan To Pro crush object Asus working on even more systems. I am curious as to what 'Transformer' is, as I do feel a transformable computer that goes slate or netback smoothly would be a big deal. And being Asus, I would buy it.
A look at the Chrome OS for those that can't wait . . . like us.
Let the questioning of Netflix begin, in this case by an analyst who feels it's overvalued. Netflix also got added to the S&P 500, so that is A) noteworthy, and B) probably going to subject them to more criticism. I can't say for sure how stable Netflix is (they seem to know what they're doing), but they're now in people's crosshairs, so I expect critique and concern legitimate or not.
Changes in staff on Final Fantasy XIV. It seems the FF titles keep running into roadblocks and changes (if they don't involve cute chibi characters). I think part of the problem may be not being sure what to do with the brand.
DeNA considering buying European Studio – I'd guess they'll do it. They probably want to try a surround strategy to their rivals . . . er Rival, Zynga.
Grand Turismo sells a ton of copies. Just so you know in case you didn't expect this – though this is good performance after the delays.
Angry Birds creater Rovio has ambitions for payment platform – along with a lot of other ambitions. This single ambition could shake up payment options (though I also sense a chance it ends badly as its too specialized and tied to their brand), but I'm also interested in how ONE game may be poised to launch a media empire.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: With Rovio's amazing success, what kind of imitators do you expect?