Google has recently announced its new look for gmail- a new gmail interface. Although [...]
Google has recently announced its new look for gmail- a new gmail interface. Although already present in the preview of gmail, besides other changes, this has not yet been officially announced – you can, however, take a peep on YouTube.
I just hope that this feels like old wine in a new bottle, because then the taste will be much more refined, rather than old models being dressed up in new clothes. Usually when ideas run out, most products are re-dressed/repackaged to keep the customers happy. These days customers and clients are a fickle lot – loyalty is a rare find indeed. And this also applies to young engineers who hop, skip, and jump, jobs as they like it. Variety is fine as the spice of life, but has experience gotten to just six months. Has Time moved so fast? Does it really take people only this long to learn the art and master the chosen field? There I go on my favorite rant…
So is there anything new happening in the “Web 2.0″ sphere? Lots and least, is what I can say so far. Web 2.0 promised innovation and collaboration. Tools were aplenty in the initial stages, but soon a few twists and additions came in, and collaboration is still struggling, that organizations and corporates, have to use the carrot and stick method to get Knowledge Management moving!
So does Tools maketh a man? or do humans fashion tools for their needs and conveniences? I used to think so too, until I realized, this no longer holds true. We have fashioned so many “things” from “ideas”, that we soon forget what they are used for, or why? And moreover, the idea of change is sold rather than the “functionalities” that we so need! If someone were to take a survey on exactly how many “functionality buttons” in Microsoft’s Word are used by any one single individual, I wonder what the stats would be like? Only a quarter of those “functionalities” are ever used by a single individual, and yet we have to download the whole package! Is this not window dressing, that just is meant to attract that customer? Power pack it! And, google seems to be following the same trend, or am I wrong??