Something new for something old?
We use it everyday and it probably seems like its been here forever. But its actually only 12 years.
I’m talking about the Google logo. Google’s new logo is the first refresh of its corporate logo – apart from its tongue-in cheek topical changes – for twelve years.
The new logo dumps the old serif-based design and is an animated GIF for the first time – is responsive – that means it will adjust for whatever device, such as workstation, laptop, tablet or phone, its being viewed on.
Generally, the Digital Media’s response (no pun intended) has been good, apart from the inevitable “could do better” comments that I guess we all expect.
Anyway, you decide. Is Google’s new logo great or a goof… #googlelogo
Foreign money transfer is big business here in the UK, with many Commonwealth citizens working over here wanting to provide for families back home. Banks and services such as Western Union can be expensive, intimidating and inconvenient, so a Singapore based company has launched a new service using social channels like Facebook and Twitter.
Spotted a very surprising Tweet a few days ago from prominent banking futurist and founder of Moven.com, Brett King.
He’s been caught up in a gross administrative blunder by HSBC in New York when they closed his account as part of a small business account rationalisation process.
Apparently, HSBC in the US are shifting their retail strategy away from smaller businesses and removing banking facilities from well maintained, perfectly viable customers. A bit like RBS in the UK, but without the criminal intent.
While that’s certainly a regrettable action by anyone’s standards, it wasn’t what Mr King took issue with. It was the failure to engage with the customer properly, turning a mistake into little short of a PR catastrophe.
How dare I question. What right do I have. If I know so much, I should start a bank! What had I done – collapsed the economy, started a bank run or something?
No. This stream of vitriol was for suggesting, “maybe people like bank branches.”
Earlier that day, MovenBank’s Brett King gave me his view about bank branches, having read my piece about the psychology of financial services buying.
We hadn’t agreed, but valuing his view, I printed it. People should have both sides. But by arguing, I’d upset someone. And the smelly stuff hit the proverbial…
The inner groans from social psychologists must have been deafening recently. Politicians calling for a messaging platform ban during unrest – really? A typical reaction, of course. Look for something to blame. A technical scapegoat. But wait, there’s another network that gets people together. Public Transport. Maybe we should we ban that too?
No, of course not. transport is a central part of our social infrastructure, neutral. But no question. Social media was at the heart of the riots. So, is it really evil?
This is one of those flights of wonder moments. An idea that came out of the blue. What I’d like you to think about is – what places us apart from other animals? Sounds easy at first. Is it our use of tools, how smart we are – even our reasoning. But those aren’t definitions, they’re just more shades of the same colours.
Every animal will have those qualities to some extent, some smarter than others. Just what is it we have that animals really don’t – and what should we value?
Just think about it – It might just make you look at people differently…
If you wanted to take on the big boys, you maybe wouldn’t choose 2011 to do it. Fortunately GiffGaff thinks differently. They think differently about a lot of things.
GiffGaff doesn’t sell phones – or take your soul for two years for the privilege. GiffGaff doesn’t sell you network access and penalise you when you use it.
GiffGaff’s all about a mobile SIM – and a great package. But there’s a lot more…
How about Chrome OS – Much talked about 12 months ago but a bit quiet of late. With Apple and Ubuntu releasing key products, Google’s OS needs to be good.
Won’t have long to wait, its out next month – but just what is Google delivering?
Its too easy to point to our banks and say that they don’t understand innovation. But you’d be wrong, very wrong. They understand it all too well.
They know what change will mean. That’s why they won’t let it happen…
The financial media all seem to be agreed. The High Street banks are screwed. Restrictive, greedy, self-serving. Banks have been found guilty on all counts.
What the banks do isn’t all that difficult. Their technology’s an eighties throw back. Could it be that there are other forces in play here?
I enjoyed one of those Twitter engagements this weekend. Well, I say enjoyed, maybe more like the engagement one has with the front of a speeding train.
I’ll tell you a bit about Socrates. He questioned everything and accepted nothing. For him, truth was its own reward. His philosophy put him up against the sophists.
Sophists earned a living selling their own “truth”. You weren’t meant to disagree.
So what can Ancient Greece teach us about Twitter? Glad you asked me…
So, petulant HSBC picked up their ball and set their sights on Hong Kong. Again. And then to no one’s surprise, they decided to stay in London. Again.
What if they had gone. What if all the banks decided to go. What would happen?
Would the economy fall apart, or would we actually be better off?
We work best together. Get things done. Our lives are richer, we all achieve more. What happens when we build places that divide us?
That’s right. We destroy trust. And no trust means no sale.
Like banks. It’s just not us, its just us and them. And its gone wrong. Unsociable. Maybe we need something better. A social, community bank…
No, it’s not the latest story about National Australia Bank’s recent system woes. This is something just as radical, but far more positive.
Maybe it was a realisation that NAB’s professional reputation was in tatters, maybe just a change of marketing agency. Either way, NAB’s changed course. And its a course that could change the face of Australian banking.
You know, for me, the most frustrating thing in the world has got to be hindsight. And coming up with that great question or comment too late.
I’ve just attended the Manchester 2011 Information Security Leaders seminar. Inevitably, discussion turned to Facebook use in the office.
Part of the event was an open-mike panel featuring some of the great and the good of the security industry and a couple of leading industry security figures. And Facebook made them nervous.
Afterwards, the question I wished I’d had the forethought to ask came to me…
Now this isn’t a commentary about the rights and wrongs of the Egyptian unrest. This is about freedom and our right to unhindered expression.
Egypt’s demonstrated that regimes can just turn off dissent at the flick of a switch. Could we suffer the same fate in our increasingly Orwellian society?
While many at the lower end of the earnings spectrum are genuinely suffering, banks and big corporates seem to have been granted some financial immunity.
In fact it beggars belief…
I feel I may soon know how the guy felt when he suggested the world wasn’t flat. I’m no where near as visionary – but I may get vilified all the same… Imagine this scene… You walk into a retailer – any retailer – with a stolen wallet. You pick a range of expensive goods. As long as you have the PIN or the cash, you can take away whatever you want, unchallenged.
No checks, no ID, no second glance. Now, let’s go online…
Funny how a thought can randomly pop into your head for no apparent reason. Office networks. Why should I be worrying about that? The thing that was nagging me was this. As we begin to take up Cloud services, could we be slowing down others working locally?
I mean by that local network users – anyone using printers, collaborating together or sharing networked data.
OK – if you aren’t into network optimization, stop reading now. But if you are…