Gigabit City, Final Report

Social Media, Technologyon December 1st, 2011Comments Off on Gigabit City, Final Report

building the gigabit cityOur friends at the Brainzooming Group have released the final report from the seven working teams for Google’s Gigabit City project in Kansas City. The report includes over 60 different applications for gigabit fiber and perspectives from hundreds of civic, business and social media leaders across the commmunity. LightThread’s managing partner, Simon Kuo, authored the section of the report that focuses on the library’s potential opportunties with ultra high speed broadband. Download the free white paper here.

Gigabit City Video Released

Business Strategy, Social Media, Technologyon November 1st, 2011Comments Off on Gigabit City Video Released

Adcuda has released their video recap of the Gigabit City brainstorming session sponsored by the Social Media Club of Kansas City. LightThread managing partner, Simon Kuo, is featured in this video.

Simon Kuo Interview Video for Gigabit City

Social Media, Technologyon October 14th, 2011Comments Off on Simon Kuo Interview Video for Gigabit City

Simon Kuo, LightThread managing partner, was interviewed for the Google Fiber Gigabit City Initiative sponsored by Social Media Club of Kansas City. Here’s the complete video of his comments.

Google Wave – First Impressions

Applications, Social Media, Toolson October 2nd, 20094 Comments

The biggest tech news today was the release of Google Wave to 100,000 beta testers. Because of the limited number of invitations, the usual outrageous behavior by members of the tech community ensued. At one point sources reported that an invitation was being offered on eBay for $5100 dollars. After many of these outlandishly priced offers were pulled, remaining invites were being hawked for a more reasonable $70 to $100 dollars. Similarly Twitter users who tweeted about receiving Wave invitations were flooded with requests from users begging for invitations. At the LightThread office we were lucky enough to have received our invitation at 12:32 a.m. yesterday morning and we wasted no time in trying it out.

waveinboxWhen one logs into Wave the very first time, one is greeted with several messages created by the Wave team.  Cleverly they actually use Wave to illustrate how it can be used.  How’s that for a recursive demonstration?

Though initial reviews highlighted the less-than-enthusiastic response from certain high-profile tech geeks,  the usefulness of Wave and its interface design are most apparent when more than one person is using it.  It was immediately apparent to us that Wave solves a few of the most obvious issues with the Twitter interface:  conversations that are totally sequential yet threaded at the same time.  In other words, Twitter’s interface only presents tweets as they occur.   Streams of conversations between various people that are threaded have  the tendency to become lost in the relentless wash of tweets from everyone else.  Google Wave solves that problem by allowing replies to anyone anywhere in the stream of messages.  Thus one can have multiple simultaneous real-time conversations with a number of people without losing the thread of any of the simultaneous conversations.  Without a doubt this takes a little getting used to–many people aren’t naturally adept at tracking more than one simultaneous conversation–after all how often does this really happen during a verbal discussion?  I’m certain however, that people will quickly adapt to this paradigm.  Making it easier is the fact that the conversations don’t simply fade into the ether–they persist on the page.  The Google Wave team has also incorporated a handy feature–the ability to “play” the wave, step-by-step to catch anything that might have been missed when it occurred in real-time.

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As reported previously, the application also allows those participating in a wave to insert videos, graphics and other files.  The inclusion of rich media makes this more than simply a many-to-many text messaging application.  In addition, gadgets are also supported by Wave.  This enables the platform to be extended in ways that will increase its usefulness.  Included in the Wave beta are a mapping gadget and an yes/no/maybe gadget.  These are both used in demonstrations to highlight their usefulness for tasks like making group plans and planning trips, respectively.

Ultimately, like many new tools and applications, we’ll have a much better understanding of Google Wave and its usefulness after it has been tested by the initial group of users.  The LightThread team is looking forward to using Google Wave in our day-to-day activities and we’ll be eagerly reading others’ impressions of the platform in upcoming weeks.  We’ll report back to you as our testing continues.  In the meantime, if you’re also on the platform, start a wave with us!!