What Can We Expect From Digital Media This Year?

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting 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 to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. 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 and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • Pierre Landry was hosting this morning, as Terry and Heather B. are still away for vacation.
  • Welcome to 2016. This year, we will all stop thinking about mobile as a “scaled-down” version of the Web-based Internet. Mobile is the primary way to connect for many, and the PC will be relegated to an even deeper second place as an accessory to the mobile experience. So, expect new channels and platforms that are mobile first (like Snapchat and Instagram) and watch some of the legacy Web browser based behemoths (think Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn) to be become much better on a mobile device than a Web browser.
  • Connected devices will be huge this year. Cars, TVs, fitness bands and everything else that you can either plug-in or charge is going to explode in popularity. Home automation, etc… get ready for everything to be connected, and see how much more control over our “stuff” we’re going to have this year.
  • Facebook is going to get more expansive. Especially when it comes to messaging – Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. We’re going to start seeing the ability to do things like get an Uber and order from Amazon from within these messaging apps. So, the social Web, is going to be a little bit more private as the conversations move from our status updates to private messages and private groups.
  • App of the week: Microsoft Selfie.

Listen here…