March started out hot on the tech news front. On the first day of the month, Charlie Sheen opened his infamous Twitter account, and the next day, Apple debuted the iPad 2. However, a month later, Charlie Sheen was getting booed off stage by the same adoring fans who got him to one million followers in record time, and I was left wondering what the big deal was about the iPad 2. Sheen’s stage shows and Apple’s latest gadgets both sold out almost instantaneously, but both were disappointing. The Ides of March indeed.
You can read an in-depth (and more positive) review of the iPad 2 here, but all I see is a fancy cover (not included) and a camera that should have been there in the first place. Apple, feel free to send me a demo, and maybe I’ll change my tune. Influence that.
More recently, we heard about a new company called Color Labs which made waves for raising $41 million from a notable lineup of investors… before its product even launched. Please refer back to my earlier post where I talked about soaring valuations.
Now, I have only been able to play with the application a little bit and haven’t gotten much use or utility out of it. It seems to depend on others in your vicinity being active users as well, and so I just get left playing with myself… Still, I want to give these guys the benefit of the doubt after reading this story. I’m skeptical about the long-term viability of companies like Path and Instagram and the photo-sharing space in general, but who am I to question the guys at Sequoia? Famous last words…
Finally, Google debuted its much ballyhooed +1 feature at the very end of the month, and here’s to hoping this foray into the social space works better for them than some of the last. I am actually very optimistic about this and hope it will go a long way to decreasing the level of spam in the company’s search results. Further, it gives me a reason to update my Google profile and gives them even more valuable data from which to profit off me. It’s not the first time some company has attempted social search, but it could well be the first time it actually works effectively. +1 is only a step away from the sharing feature in Google Reader, and I love me some of that.