Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what’s going on in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- Facebook has done what many thought was impossible. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook now has two billion monthly users. To put that into context, more than 25 percent of the entire world’s population uses Facebook every month. The road to three billion is a much harder climb (we have to connect many parts of the world that fall into the digital “have-nots”). Seems like he is up for this challenge.
- As Facebook races past two billion users, Google gets slapped with a $2+ billion fine over search results. The European Union is known to be tough on antitrust issues, so what was Google’s mis-step on this one? The thing is this: if Google has to change how it works to appease the EU, it would mean that Amazon, Facebook and many others would also have to follow suit. It’s very complex.
- Netflix just released something super-interesting. Choose your own adventure TV. Right now, you can check out Dreamworks Animation‘s Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. The series has decision points that begin to pop up throughout the story, making the viewer choose between two options and ultimately changing the outcome. Right now, Netflix is focused on children’s titles (next up will be Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile in mid July), but Netflix is set on changing how we watch. First binge watching now choose your own adventure!