Twitter’s Catch-22

Jack Dorsey’s first tweet was “just setting up my twttr”. We are talking March 21st 2006 and everybody is about to get their 140 characters of fame. Ten years later Twitter shows some impressive stats. There are some 310 million active users out of a total of 1.3 billion accounts sending 500 million tweets per […] Read more »

The GM & Lyft Alliance – If You Can’t Beat Them Join Them

Last week’s announcement of GM’s $500 million investment in Lyft may well be the turning point both the car and the software industry have been waiting for. Up to now innovation in the car industry has been driven by either carmakers or technology vendors, both working stand-alone on new initiatives. Innovation has been either focused […] Read more »

Wooing the Startups – Worth your While?

Last week Visma announced the launch of a national road show to reach startups. The theme is ‘yes you can’ and startups are invited in Visma’s Volkswagen Transporter to pitch their business. The pitches are collected and distributed via social media and the winner gets a free trip to Silicon Valley. With this initiative Visma […] Read more »

Blocking Ad Block Blockers

Last year The METISfiles reported on the business model for social media – advertising – and the increasing annoyance it causes with users. As advertising budgets follow the eyeballs, online advertising is growing at the expense of offline advertising. eMarketer estimates that $ 574 million is spend on advertising in 2015 of which 28% is […] Read more »

You have zero privacy anyway – Get over it

The discussion on data privacy continues to be a hot topic. And for good reasons. Our online presence is becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life. Only two decades ago sending mail (snailmail) was protected by a law that explicitly stated that mail was not to be opened during transport to […] Read more »

Say Hi To Fi, Hello To FB, Bye To Telcos

Disruption in telecoms continues to come from social media players. Over the last couple of weeks, messaging player WhatsApp added its calling feature to Android and iOS apps, Facebook added a dialer/caller-id android app called Hello and Google launched a US MVNO that offers cloud calling coupled with national 4G roaming on Nexus phones. While […] Read more »