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The Case for Immediacy

Attended last night's E27. It was nice to see that there is a growing surge of energy in the younger geeks, even in pragmatic Singapore. Among the presentations were <a href="http://yearbook.com.sg/">Yearbook.com.sg</a>, <a href="http://myxshare.net/">XShare</a> and <a href="http://rssfwd.com/">RSSFwd</a>. For me the main discourse of the night was spurred on by the question and answer session after Xshare's presentation.
XShare is a mobile phone application that allows you to share photos, ringtones, data files, or publish your photos unto your own repository, most notably Flickr. At some point in the presentation, Anoj (the presenter) said jokingly that it enabled you to share all your &ldquo;crap&rdquo;.It works on a subscription model, where users pay a nominal fee per month. The question raised by the member of the audience was this: Why would people bother sharing photos on impulse, when they can come home, download it unto their computers, and publish it there for free? It's all &ldquo;crap&rdquo; anyway.
Immediacy (brought up by the member of the audience as &ldquo;impulse&rdquo;) is a commodity that is fast gaining value in our society. People are turning to blogs as an alternative news source primarily because of its immediacy, not its quality, though in a few cases the quality of blog posts surpasses that of the traditional media outlets. Immediacy is also the reason why people subscribe to the football channel at an extra cost. You could wait till the morning to catch the highlights, but living in the moment has become the catch-phrase of our time.
<h4>Other notable quotes:</h4>
<a href="http://sg.yeeouch.com/">Lionel Yeo</a>, on the Singapore Government's skepticism of open-source software:
<blockquote>&ldquo;Cheap is ok, but free is no good&rdquo;</blockquote>
<a href="http://nickpan.com/">Nickpan</a> on my job as a webmaster:
<blockquote>&ldquo;They should call it web-slave&rdquo;</blockquote>

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