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We all have been hearing about the rapid growth of the Internet of Things, but I think the real excitement comes when we can measure nearly everything about our selves and our lives, and emerge as the Quantified Self. Really, when you get right down to it, each of us is somewhat obsessed with data that is “all about me.”
All of my communications and my consumption of content has become digital. The switch finally happened and I didn’t even notice. It started about four years ago when I began following thought leaders, analysts, and bloggers on Twitter.
Yammer is onto something big. Microsoft recognizes that they need to make an acquisition to become relevant in this space and the deal is done. All we need now is to get confirmation that this is indeed happening.
In the late 1990s, the Internet was not a fun place for the masses. It was difficult to get around, set up an email address, or share files. America Online had just begun carpet bombing the US with millions of free AOL CDROM disks delivered through the US Postal Service in an attempt to snag as many subscriptions as possible.