Ya know it’s funny, what’s happening to us. Our lives have become digital. Our friends, now virtual. And, anything you could ever wanna know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through second hand information isn’t enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it. We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It’s this self-discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.
Today was the final day of FITC Toronto. I wish I could say that I will miss it, but I can’t. Over the last three days I have been making the commute into Toronto, in hopes of learning some new development techniques. I went to a variety of sessions on to try and mix things up, but almost everyone of them was a let down. To top it off, the venue (The Kool Haus / Guvernment) smelt like old booze and sweat. Sure James White of Signalnoise did a great job day one and Jason Theodor had an interesting presentation today, but almost all the other sessions were useless. I started my day today going to a session about learning new HTML5 and CSS3 techniques, only to have Adobe propaganda crammed down my throat. All I got was “CSS3 is hard and I don’t know why anyone would code it out, so here is a pre Alpha Adobe product that will do it for you”, followed by 45 minutes of the software crashing worse than a 9 year old off a Red Bull high. I wish I could say that this was the only instance of this, but again, I can’t. I found myself wanting to get up and leave about half way through most sessions. Yes I understand the need to “pay the bills” and drum up some business by the sponsors, but the whole thing felt like a bait and switch.
There has been a lot of talk about how RIM is planning on bringing it’s Blackberry Messenger (BBM) service to Android and iOS. Personally I really don’t think it will make that big of an impact in the iOS world, especially if Apple releases their own messenger service in iOS 5.
If Apple released an iPhone to iPhone messenger, it wouldn’t be just an iPhone to iPhone app, it would most likely be a iOS to iOS app just as Facetime is. Having a messenger service across all iOS devices would pretty much seal the fate of RIM as a major player among youth. Parents might also opt for an iPod touch over a cell phone for their younger children that want to text friends, due to virtually no monthly fees.
An iOS messenger service would make any iOS device a must have.