Day two here in San Diego. There are a few ongoing themes... let me list them.
- Please God someone find a way to simplify my life!
- Information overload
- Smaller is better
- Organize this mess for me
- Mashup or shutup
The best speech today was by Linda Stone. It was about how we pay attention to each other. Do we really pay attention anymore? She calls what we do "partial attention." We are inundated with information and we pay more attention to our tools that deliver us this information than we do real life. The next generation of successful services will help us find a way to better our real lives, not necessarily better our online lives.
Here's a quote from her as best as I can remember... paraphrasing. When developing our services; "Ease of use is not enough anymore! We must ask ourselves if what we are doing improves our quality of life. The only way the next generation of products can differentiate themselves and be successful is if they can answer yes to this question."
I hope she publishes her words online.