Somebody who could have been famous once said, “Being early is the same as being wrong.”
A bunch o’ stuff has got me thinking about that lately:
- News organizations are now scrambling to build out their mobile capabilities, but where were they five or six years ago when my former employer, the American Press Institute, was offering a seminar on just that topic?
- Blogger Judy Sims is exhorting newspaper organizations to develop an audaciously awesome vision for the future of their companies, just like API’s Newspaper Next 2.0 report (PDF) did in 2008, to pretty much universal rejection.
- USA TODAY recently launched mobile-scannable barcodes in its news stories, harking back to the much-ballyhooed CueCat. (Flameproof-suit confession: I always lauded Belo for trying with CueCat. They may have gone about it wrong, but they were one of the few news organizations willing to try any innovation at all, and I still maintain the newspaper industry did themselves a great disservice by ridiculing CueCat rather than studying its failure for the lessons it could teach.)
Other examples come to mind, but you get the point. So I’m going to create a category here called Too early, where musings will go on all kinds of interesting stuff that isn’t necessarily ready yet for prime time but that might one day offer new ways to connect, in the broadest sense of the word. Submissions for inclusion are welcome. And years from now perhaps we’ll be able to say we told us so.