While Google TV looks very promising from a usability perspective, high prices and clunky controllers may not appeal to a wide audience. The on-screen keyboards for devices like the Roku may not be great, but they do work with very simple remotes. And while search is a big part of Google TV’s design, it may have been wiser to include a simple remote and offer keyboard options for those that need or want it. With the streaming set-top box market competition already putting downward pressure on prices, these expensive options could hamper early adoption.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.