KPCB Internet Trends (2011)
As always, Mary Meeker’s analysis of internet stats makes fascinating reading. Her latest presentation occurred yesterday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
Her graph in slide 42 shows that Google’s revenue has risen to almost the same as the revenue of all US newspapers combined. Of course, Google’s revenue has grown impressively, but newspaper revenue has fallen even more quickly.
And it’s interesting to see (slide 16) how the sale of Google Android phones has increased much more rapidly than the sale of iPhones.
The Washington Post has launched a new selection of mobile services, including an iPhone-optimized site, a BlackBerry application, and other variations to work on cellphones.
The services use a simplified navigation structure, comprising Politics, Business, Metro, Arts and Lifestyle, and Sports sections.
MediaPost reports that the services were built in-house, and that two editors have been assigned to mobile content. E-commerce functionality, such as restaurant reservations and movie ticket purchasing, are reportedly under development.
Simulated screenshot: washingtonpost.com
— Research in Motion’s website made no mention of the system failure
Canadian technology company Research in Motion says it has restored mobile email service to most of its eight million Blackberry customers in the Western Hemisphere. The service went offline Tuesday evening due to unspecified technical problems.
RIM’s handling of the outage isn’t looking too good. Not a word about it on their website (up until 11am Wednesday EDT at least), only a recorded message on their telephone line to acknowledge the problem.
Latest news on the Blackberry problem
An interesting item by Omar Tawakol at SearchInsider on why mobile search needs to be different from desk-top search.
…assuring a pleasing mobile search means a number of things, including: providing consumers a click-saving experience that returns answers instead of links; inferring a consumer’s context from his or her device, location and other information within ranking algorithms; balancing the subscriber’s short-term and long-term preferences to present personalized, relevant results that adapt to a consumer’s changing context; and providing rich client interfaces with streamlined interfaces including custom shortcuts, auto-completion of search terms, or voice inputs to simplify the user experience.
There’s an interesting post about “feature fatigue” on mobile devices by Steve Smith at Mobile Insider, based on a study by the CMO [Chief Marketing Officer] Council.
I particularly liked this comment by Smith:
I think that mobile content would do well to get over itself. Let’s face it; having in-hand my headlines, email, games, MySpace, etc. just is not that important. Mobile data is convenient, which is different from important. Important is connecting with family and friends, which is why we learned to navigate phone interfaces to begin with, and why low-tech SMS is the mobile cash cow that mobile TV can only dream of becoming.
Smith goes on to argue for “a seamless, solution for image-sharing and posting that is baked into the operating system of a phone”.