"You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he's been club champion for three years running and I'm no slouch myself."
"Don't sell yourself short, Judge. You're a tremendous slouch."
-- Ted Knight and Chevy Chase in 1980's Caddyshack
Slouches, slackers, couch potatoes, rejoice: IBM
That's according to a patent request Big Blue filed earlier this year, but which the Baltimore Sun's BaltTech blog found only recently. Interestingly, the filing describes a process whereby viewed content could be tagged, then sent over a network:
Upon the viewer wishing to send a blog posting to a blog, the viewer determines whether a tag to be included in the blog posting is to be a pre-existing tag or a custom tag, wherein the blog posting comprises program information about the media program useful to identify the media program. [Emphasis added.]
In short: Your remote would allow you to tell your digital friends what you're watching, whether they're on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or some other social networking service.
I'll admit to geeking out over this idea, but as an investor, there's far more than geekery at work here. Principally, it's further evidence that we're crashing headlong into a fully networked world, a vast and growing collection of lifestreams to be aggregated and analyzed.
Billions are at stake. Google
The question, then, is exactly where they'll belly flop into our streams. Increasingly, marketers seem keen to dive into Twitter and Facebook -- even for those of us planted on the couch, watching the tube.
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