Say goodbye to browsers. Say goodbye to your "my favourites" folder. Say goodbye to online destinations.
How is it that Yahoo! Pipes did not take off the way we would have thought?
Are millions of people really downloading widgets and working off of their desktops without browsers?
In a perfect world, those of us evangelizing the power of Digital Marketing, Social Media and Web 2.0 would like to think that we live in a world where widgets are the interface to the Internet, driven mostly by feeds (RSS) with the occasional glance at a tool like Google Reader. It’s a world where everyone has their own, unique, perspective, and we pull the desired content. A world where "living in the cloud" (all data resides online) is the only way to be.
I’m not a fan of forward-thinking statements, but I do see the browser starting to look antiquated. I look at the opportunity (and real estate) of the desktop, combined with an always-present connectivity that transcends video cable or mobile platforms… it just "is" there. Everywhere connectivity. Now, I am not talking about a Matrix-like environment, but there is a power in feeds, and I fear that it’s a Blog conversation typically vetted by the more technologically-focused Bloggers. Domage.
Feeds are powerful. The concept is amazing. Consumers subscribe to your feed (subscription is free) and they have access to anything and everything. It could be as complex as pulling web analytics data or as simple as the ability to be notified when a new product is available, or a price change is in effect. Imagine eBay living off of feeds. You choose the four items you want to bid on and all changes are delivered right to your desktop. Your own, personal, stock-ticker-like widget for all of your whims.
Marketers grapple with feeds as a Marketing tool because the first place they go is, "how do I put ads into feeds." It’s the classic move. The opportunity here is in the Marketing of feeds (and not the Advertising). It’s in understanding your Consumers’ ever complex lifestyle, and doing everything (and anything) you can to help them connect with your brand.
What information can you feed to Consumers?