Stephen Abram is one of my favorite visionaries about technology and social media. Tim O’Reilly is my other favorite. On Christmas Eve Abram published an article in his blog, Stephen’s Lighthouse, telling us about two important tipping points we’ve reached this year.
For those of you not familiar with the term “tipping point,” Wikipedia explains it. A Simple definition is “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.”
Here are a couple of excerpts from Abram’s article:
Internet Overtakes Newspapers As News Source. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: “The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news. …”
Laptop Shipments Top Desktops For First Time. Netbooks’ surging popularity helped push global laptop shipments over desktops for the first time ever. …”
These two trends toward an increasing reliance on the Internet for our information needs speak to an increasing need for organizing and distilling information efficiently. Federated search isn’t going away.