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Thoughts on Apple

Someone recently asked if I thought Apple was sleazy

Apple makes great, solid & beautiful hardware. They push technology forward and they can be great innovators. I love this about them.

What I don’t like about Apple is they rarely adopt any open standards. They come at most everything with an attempt to lock you into their ecosystem. They want to make it very hard for you to leave their platform and they want licensing fees on every little proprietary plug and dongle they can create. Frankly, I’m surprised they support bluetooth and more recently USB-C.

I prefer open standards. It is better for consumers and in many ways the environment (use of plugs/wires/chargers… across people and devices). If they hadn’t kept trying to push me into using their proprietary software I would still be using an iPhone.

I see this bad behavior from many of the big companies right now. Amazon won’t allow Google products in their store or allow Google apps on the Fire tablets. Microsoft does a lot of the same. Xbox doesn’t have Google play movies. You can’t rent Amazon movies on the Xbox’s amazon app.

In the end, it is the consumers who pay big for all this fighting to own us and the companies often lose too. I left IOS because of it and I prefer a Roku for streaming because Amazon, Microsoft and Google refuse to play well together while Roku offers access to all services.

So in many ways, I think Apple is truly great but they really don’t need to adopt these lock-you-in practices to get customers. People would be flocking to Apple even if they were more open to allowing the innovations of other corporations on their platform and their customers would probably love them even more.

Google+ gets a +1 after first day of using it

About Google+

I’ve only had one day with it but I like it a lot better than Facebook and I trust Google with my information more than facebook. The circles feature is something that FB has needed for a long time. The easy way to have a post public or just for select circles is great. The integration with other google products like gmail, picasa, youtube works well for me since I’ve become such a google tool 🙂  It seems like I’m using just about everything they put out. 
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/

http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/services/index_con.html

The drawbacks:

  • The big community is at already Facebook and most are just fine with that
  • Will google be able to get people to switch? that’ll be tough
  • How much of my internet presence do I want dependent on google

For our clients I’ll be recommending Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Many aren’t crazy about having to keep up with what online presence they have now. Hopefully products like Hootsuite will ease the pain of another social media outlet to manage. The benefit for them should make the extra work worth it. I expect google+ will end up tightly integrated with most of google’s stuff… like the google places page for businesses.

The Social Media Balancing Act

I recently made this comment to an old friend on LinkedIn and thought I would pop it up as a brief post since it distills an issue we are all facing in just a couple words:

For business, we are most active on Twitter (@mad_house) and Google+ (www.bit.ly/madplus). At the moment, MAD House Graphics just uses LinkedIn and Facebook  for personal use.

I love the way social media sites let people connect/reconnect, but they really can eat up a lot of time. I’ve been working to find a balance between being an accessible communicator and a productive worker. It can be a small challenge at times.

For many who make their money by communicating (sales/account reps/customer service/public relations) social media is less of a distraction and more of a valued tool, but for those of us who build things the balance can be harder to strike.

updated 2001-0822 to include mentions of Google+ & Heello.com http://heello.com/madhouse … we’ll see where this new contender from the twitpik people goes