James Governor from Redmonk mentioned my three uses of the word cool in one paragraph. Upon a second read I think I ended up squeezing 5 in two paragraphs. Ouch.
Ok so two things. First, I am from Southern California. I like to think that isn't all that obvious, but I use the words, dude, cool, and awesome rather generously in conversation. For the record I don't surf, but I do live in a surfer Mecca known as Cardiff by the Sea. I am not sure if it's that or the fact that I have spent a good chunk of my existence in or around various parts of southern California. I also do a really funny thing with the letter "O" when I say it in words. Sort of an elongated emphasis. I don't know why, but I can't seem to stop it.
Second, I find myself in a weird place in terms of my information consumption and regurgitation. I am working on a post about the Sidekick I just bought and the challenges of too much and too many ways of communication. I'll hopefully get that out later today. What I should have said about Where 2.0 is the following:
1. There is a fundamental shift in the development of wireless infrastructure and a growth in the ability of personal devices to capture and both produce and consume content. If you have read my posts or any of the Intercasting Corporation posts this is a consistent theme for me and people in our company.
2. The general release of advanced mapping APIs from the large search engines, and the capabilities that are already present and that will logically follow will create an overlay of location that will become a new and key metatag for information consumption.
3. This open approach towards location and mapping APIs, which is consistent with much of what you see in blogging and RSS platforms is very important in that people aren't leveraging the core platform to box out competition, rather they are allowing small startups, individuals, and even big companies to use the platform and provide context on top of an important layer of abstraction for the development of new services and products.
That, in my mind, is VERY COOL.