That Stupid Idea From a 20-Year Old May Not Be So Stupid


I just read a blog post from a writer who admitted that he dismissed two early ideas from young inventors. The inventions turned out to be Pinterest and Vine. Pinterest is a very successful content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos, and other objects to their pinboard. It also includes standard social networking features. Vine is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post short video clips.

The same thing happened to me. One day a few decades ago, Eliot called me from work when I was home sick saying two Japanese men stopped by the office to show us two games they were bringing to the U.S. market. I said, “Get rid of them.” I wasn’t feeling well and not getting out of bed to see some dumb games. That turned out to be Nintendo.

What’s the moral of the story? Take a second look.

Vine With Me

Twitter has announced a new mobile video sharing service, called Vine that allows users to share six second video clips. While it’s a Twitter mechanism, you can share the videos on Twitter, Facebook or email. You don’t have to post the video on YouTube to share.

Vine is free in the App Store.

It’s the fastest video posting and sharing I have ever experienced. Twitter is all about micro-blogging. They gave you 140 characters to text a message, and now they are giving you six seconds to share video.

I realized a while ago that Twitter is based on the same premise as news reporting. Journalists are trained to get the who, what, where, why, how, and when in the first sentence of their story. Well, at least that was true before the Internet took over.

Both text and videos on Twitter have the same premise. If you can’t say it in 140 characters, or a six-second video, then you are wasting my time or you just can’t get to the point.

Click here to see a video of my Miami condo. Only six seconds.