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The concept drives some people crazy and causes them countless hours of lost sleep, but personally I don’t mind: Google Latitude automatically broadcasts and stores a record of my whereabouts at any given time (it’s on my Android devices, iPad, iPhone and PC). In the next 10 years we’ll look at our discomfort in revealing our location the same we now look at those who were so shrill about Caller-ID 20 years ago. Sure, there are times when it might reveal too much information, but as with caller-id, I think most of us realize the benefits far outweigh the typical risks.

Below is a heat-map of my most frequented locations, updated near real-time over the past 14 months. The interesting part about Google Latitude, unlike Foursquare right now, is that I don’t have to check-in. Latitude automatically logs when I am at a location for a given number of minutes or seconds. The data on the heatmap is not all that surprising:

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A few days ago someone posted a question on Quora:  Chief Executive Officers: Who is the greatest living CEO?

One of the answers (unusually, posted by an anonymous member), simply posted the following chart:

Originally cited in a 2010 ZDNet article, it is a thought provoking  illustration.   On the surface it seems to scream “aha – look how much better Bill Gates was, than Steve Ballmer.”   But the reality is a lot more complicated than this simplistic observation:

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I got an email from Foursquare a few weeks ago, that started off with:

First off, thanks for believing in our little startup as we try to build an awesome service for you. You were one of the first hundred thousand members of our community (to be exact, you’re member #39,755)! You can tell your grandkids that you were a 21st century trendsetter! They’ll look at you in amazement as they cruise by on their hoverboards.

Actually I am a little amazed that they don’t have a badge or other icon that indicates the (relatively) low member number – unless they are worried about alienating late-mainstream members.

There’s nothing like a having a low badge number in a big company

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The graphic below is more than a mere statistics display. Click – it is a “living” graphic of the state of the internet (and many different aspects) – constantly updated.

 

State of the Internet 2011

 

Even if you are under 30 or even under 25, most of us don’t realize for forget how much technology has changed our lives and society in such an incredibly short time. This video really makes the point with some familiar examples:

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