Yearly Archives: 2010

Il Galateo ai tempi di Foursquare

Il tweet di Ezekiel

4sq facts: l’altra sera un’amica raggiunge il gruppo, casualmente in un caffè. “come hai fatto?” “ho visto su 4sq che eravate tutti qui”


mi ha indotto a riflettere sulla privacy, sulla completa assenza della privacy in questi tempi.

Inutile decidere di non segnare la nostra posizione, inutile resistere alla tentazione di aprire 4SQ o Gowalla, sicuramente lo avrà già fatto il nostro amico o qualsiasi altra persona presente nello stesso luogo, e magari avrà anche inserito il nostro nome tra i presenti.

Considerato l’incessante dilagare dei servizi di geolocalizzazione, come Foursquare, Gowalla o il promettente MobNotes, forse è il caso di rispolverare il Galateo aggiornandolo ai tempi moderni:

“Mario, posso condividere con il mondo il tuo party”

“Chiara, indico agli altri che siam qui a festeggiare il tuo compleanno”

Che ne pensate?

Internet of Things explained by Tim O’Reilly

We’re just starting to see the next wave: the Internet of Things.

Nike-iPod Sport Kit

Withings WiFi Body Scale

WideNoise - WideTag Inc

Every runner can monitor and share his performance just using the Nike+iPod Sport Kit.

We can share our weight on social network just using a connected body scale like Withings.

We can monitor and tweet sound pollution usign a simple iPhone + WideNoise App (still free on App Store) (full disclosure: I’m involved with WideTag Inc.).

On a recent post related to Dash7 I’ve talked about how smartphone enabled by Dash7 will give us a wide business opportunity, just thinking about the emergent LBS services.

Here we can listen Tim O’Reilly talking about the Internet of Things last week at MySQL Conference.

Smart ads will reach us through our next Dash7 enabled smartphone

So, on near future we’ll never lost the last news, last event on the city. We’ve setup our dash7 enabled smartphone to looking around for every bites of news related to Jazz Concert or Gas Station Coupon.

I’m driving down a street and I pass a smart poster pasted onto a building wall. This elicits a beep from my phone, because my phone has passively scanned the poster and discovered something that I want to be notified about (I’ve opted into receiving notifications only about certain things). Because it’s against the law where I live to check my mobile phone while driving, I wait till I’m parked and then I check what the beep was for. Turns out that one of my favorite bands is playing in the city tomorrow night! The smart poster I’d driven past was an advertisement for that band. So I then proceed to book a ticket, using my phone of course.

(source: What’s Next For Mobile Apps? )

I’m just thinking about a Dash7 App for self-broadcasting FuoriSalone events here on Milan.

This scenario will be driven by Dash7 app based on WideSpime infrastructure (disclaimer: I’m involved with WideTag Inc.)

WideSpime enables the rapid and scalable development of dependable solutions based on Social Hardware and services.

WideSpime 2.0

WideSPIME is a fault-tolerant, distributed and high-concurrency environment for building applications that can take advantage of existing cloud architectures. Its horizontal scaling and entrypoint independence allows the design of applications fully taking advantage of modern hardware architectures.

Dash7 is a wireless sensor networking standard that may play an important part in next-generation mobile services – including location-based services, the Internet of Things and social networking.

DASH7 has a range of hundreds of meters and can be used while on the move.

Communication between two DASH7-compatible devices occurs when they are brought within approximately 300 feet of one another and a wireless “hand shake” is initiated by one or both devices. The underlying layers of DASH7 technology follow the globally implemented ISO 18000-7 standard. DASH7 can be used with a variety of devices, from stand-alone DASH7 “tags” that monitor goods flowing through an electronic company’s worldwide supply chain from China to Texas, to mobile phones that allow consumers to monitor the energy usage in their own home. The possibilities are endless, and DASH7 is sure to take the complexities out of today’s increasingly sophisticated “machine-to-machine” wireless landscape and make them simpler to use.

(source: Dash7 Technology)

Are you a Linchpin? To not be one is economic and career suicide

Seth Godin on his last book, Linchpin (I’m not affiliate), explain why you need to became a “Linchpin.
But, what’s a Linchpin?

Linchpin - Seth Godin

A linchpin, as Seth describes it, is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced—her role is just far too unique and valuable. And then he goes on to say, well, seriously folks, you need to be one of these people, you really do. To not be one is economic and career suicide.

And, can you become a Linchpin?

Following this “simple” recipe you can change your vision, your life

  1. Connect
  2. Be generous
  3. Make art
  4. Acknowledge the lizard
  5. Ship
  6. Fail
  7. Learn


Social media is either a time-wasting, wool-gathering, yak-shaving waste of effort or, perhaps, just maybe, it’s a crack in the wall between you and the rest of the world. It’s a choice… up to you.


The generosity economy rewards people who create and participate in circles of gifts. Not the direct I-gave-you-this-you-give-me-that giving and get of a traditional economy, but instead the tribal economy of individuals supporting one another.


Art isn’t a painting or even a poem, it’s something that any of us can do. If you interact with others, you have the platform to create something new—something that changes everything. I call that art.


And so, we acknowledge it. We stand up and we hear the voice of the lizard brain and we recognize that it’s there and then we walk to the podium and do the work. We acknowledge the lizard so we can ignore it.


If you can get something out the door while your competitors cringe in fear, you win.


The reinvention of the marketplace demands that one have the ability to fail, often and with grace—and in public!


The opportunity of our time is to discard what you think you know and instead learn what you need to learn. Every single day.

(source: BrainWashed – Seth Godin )

Seth Godin live seminar for good causes 10/09 from Seth Godin on Vimeo.