My buddy Lachlan Hardy was recently featured in the Sydney Morning herald answering some quickie questions about hot new web tech. He put the questions out to his friends and readers. I realized I was about to cannibalize his comments section since he got me hot with the questions, so I began crafting my own post.

The three questions are:

  1. What are the three things online that are exciting you most?
  2. What gadget do you never leave home without? And given most everybody will say their phone or their laptop, why?
  3. What will be the Next Big Thing?

Read my answers, and then respond with your own!

  1. What are the three things online that are exciting you most?
    • Viddler.com Custom Branding & API – A totally customizable player. Colors. Brand badge. Clickthru link. And the among best quality with no file/length limits. Oh, and the only player with time tagging and commenting. Via their API, you can build your own site powered by Viddler’s video engine. You can even build your own viddler.com if you want with Viddler’s B2B API. These guys are nuts and I love it.The video space is among the most compelling on the web right now, and I love everything that Viddler is pumping out for it’s users.
    • Pandora. If this service goes away I will lock myself in my bedroom and cry listening to The Cure on repeat. Why? Not just because I’m depressed, but without Pandora, I’d have no idea what to listen to anymore. It’s a vicious cycle.Really though, the saddest part of the possibility of Pandora potentially closing its doors is the fact that there are people in this world who have not yet experienced it, or are just getting around to it.
    • Twitter. I know it’s not new. In fact, I can’t believe I’ve been on this service for nearly 2 years. But it’s certainly at a critical mass where things are more interesting, both socially and technically, than ever before. All of these presence/messaging apps are interesting in general. Really, really interesting. Watch this space.
  2. What gadget do you never leave home without? And given most everybody will say their phone or their laptop, why?
    • I’ve always got my iPhone, and more and more, I’m carrying my Flip Mino. My iPhone is a must have because even though I hate talking on the phone, I’m an info addict and the iPhone fuels that addiction. The Mino is a badass new addition to my pocket arsenal, and is becoming increasingly valuable as I get better at remembering to capture some of the brilliant (and often ridiculous) conversations we have around IndyHall and with the IndyHall members out and about in Philly. Even the ability to quick snap a video while walking to/from work, or to/from a client site, just to capture my thoughts, is fantastic. Partner that with Viddler, and I’m in heaven.
  3. What will be the Next Big Thing?
    • What, you mean besides me? JUST KIDDING!That’s a hard problem. That’s like asking “whats the next problem you’re going to have”? Whatever solution solves the biggest problem for the largest number of people…that’s the next big thing. I’ve got LOTS of itches that need scratching. Do we share an itch? Are we the only ones? If we share one, we’re probably not alone, and we should talk.