Category Archives: internet

Trend Watching & Happy Spotting

Trend Watching One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com scans the globe for emerging consumer trends, insights and innovations. They report on findings in free, monthly Trend Briefings, and through their 2013 Premium Service,Regional Trend Reports and Trend Seminars.

This is the most forward thinking trend site I’ve found. If you are thinking about starting any product or service, the free trend briefing documents are a MUST read. You can find them all HERE you can sign up for there monthly newsletter.

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The Happy Spotting network consists of marketing and business-savvy people from all over the world, who respond to requests for examples of trends that trendwatching.com are tracking.

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They are always looking for talented individuals to join the network.

Happy Spotters respond to monthly requests for specific trend examples, or to ongoing requests they have on their site.

I’ve been a Happy Spotter for a few years 🙂

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Glassboard – Private sharing social network

Glassboard is a private social network for groups. For iPhone, Android and the web. I think it’s idea for small companies sharing information, or if your interests are all over the place like myself. It’s like Facebook, but with the privacy of email and the immediacy of mobile. In Glassboard, you create ‘boards’ which are groups of people around a common interest, and you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and files. Think of each board as a different group of people. If you have a board that shares dog pictures, and a board that talks about classic cars, neither group will ever know about the other. Your dog pics will be seen only by the people in the dog pics board, and talk about classic cars will only be shared with the members of the classic cars board. I haven’t had a chance to fully setup, but could see myself using it.

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Gui.de – turns web into tv

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Gui.de takes everything you love about the internet, smart devices and TV and blended it together. You can choose a pet, person, robot, or even a pink haired dog to read you your twitter feed, or your favourite blogs. It’s still in beta testing but it will be interesting to see where this goes, and how well it works. I love the idea of someone reading to me, and turning ny favourite blogs into a personal TV show, but I’m not sure about the robot voice. What do you think?

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