How can the venerable daily newspaper survive, even thrive, in the age of the Internet? It wasn’t long ago that even mid-size cities had at least two competing papers, with large cities having a half dozen or more.
Whether you’re overseeing the Web operations of a multinational corporation, building and maintaining a website yourself for a nonprofit organization, or putting out a small personalized site about a hobby, you want to satisfy the people who visit.
With personal computers, smart phones, and other digital technology products, the emphasis is almost always on the new — the latest and greatest. It’s thus refreshing, and curious, to see products stand the test of time and survive well beyond their expected lifespan.
No doubt all of us have less-than-fond memories of recent or more distant instances in which we’ve seen someone stronger who unfairly and cruelly intimidated, ridiculed or otherwise took advantage of someone weaker. Perhaps you were once a victim of bullying, or even a perpetrator.
By their very nature, Facebook (www.facebook.com) and similar social networking sites are a way to share private matters with others — news of yourself and family, opinions, photos, links to other sites and so on. But such sites have to tread carefully to avoid stepping on the toes of their more privacy-conscious users.
The free video sharing website YouTube (www.youtube.com) just celebrated its fifth birthday, and looking at where it has come from and where it is now can shed some interesting light on where video may be headed.
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names,” according to an old Chinese proverb. This isn’t always easy in the world of personal computers and the Internet, where new words seem to sprout as frequently as security software updates.
The concept of privacy is a fascinating one. It has evolved over time, and different countries regard it differently. Online, it plays out in some interesting ways. The bottom line is you may not be protecting what you personally regard as private matters to the extent that you think.