Right in the middle of some research on video SEO, I get hit smack between the eyes with an awesome post by ReadWriteWeb.
You won’t find this idea popping up much, but if you are looking for a new company to start, look at ReadWriteWeb first. Instead of looking at the many lists out there of “Great Businesses to Start for 2009”, I suggest would-be entrepreneurs follow Richard MacManus and his stellar team for key trends. After all, if 500,000 startup-minded people read a magazine that says Pet Food is the next hot item, a pretty good number are going to do something with that. I haven’t seen a list like that from RWW.
Here’s the start of his article on the house that twitters: “I recently spoke to Andy Stanford-Clark, a Master Inventor and
Distinguished Engineer at IBM. He’s been working on a number of Twitter
and real-time monitoring projects, many of them at the intersection of
two big trends we’ve been tracking in 2009: The Real-Time Web and Internet of Things” from Richard MacManus at RWW. Click on his name above to get to the article.
Psst. Wanna buy a MQTT watch?
As a consultant friend reminds me, head for blue ocean. In fact, there’s a great book with that title, too. It is all about finding the places where there’s opportunity, but little competition from the big 800 pound gorillas (you know, the big brands, the big box stores, etc).
The technologies that appear ten years out are made useful today by inventors who pull together off the shelf parts and create something amazingly helpful. When you read how
Andy Stanford-Clark from IBM has built the house that twitters, one can simply imagine various uses for sensors and Twitter-like services.
The point is if you’re looking for the next big thing to work on, follow ReadWriteWeb. They highlight and profile and explore the best concepts the moment they hit reality. More clearly, if it has potential as a new technology or service or product, MacManus and crew are covering it so we can potentially incorporate it into our businesses.
P.S. If you still think Twitter won’t have any real-world value or application, you better think again.
TJ McCue is the strategic content guy at Q4 Sales and founder of Sales Rescue Team.