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Upon reading a blog post about thefuture of widgets (tiny Internet apps) on the television, Stacey Higginbotham quipped: “Caller ID through my cable co, Twitter, weather widgets, Facebook, my actual TV program…I’m going to have to spring for an upgrade.” I think this is what she […]

Upon reading a blog post about thefuture of widgets (tiny Internet apps) on the television, Stacey Higginbotham quipped: “Caller ID through my cable co, Twitter, weather widgets, Facebook, my actual TV program…I’m going to have to spring for an upgrade.” I think this is what she was referring to:

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  1. The funny thing about the future is that no one really knows what things are going to look like. And I mean absolutely no one! The government certainly has no clue…journalism is now obsolete thanks to the blogosphere, and television…well, any market that generates 50 cents on the dollar for a return on investment is ripe for disruption. Widgets simply facilitate a disruptive path…I say the more the better.

    Plus given the fact digital users access information in sound bites…I’m surprised the picture above wasn’t more cluttered…right?

    Shayne
    http://www.ResultsByVolume.com

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  2. I personally love having access to all of those things be at my fingertips but one thing I’ve noticed is that with computers you have to do some work to make it an awesome “Media Center”. With a MC you shouldn’t get interrupted by anything that doesn’t pertain to your media content. I personally like Boxee for this reason. I have a lot of things at my fingertips but it’s all related to my media that I’m interesting in.
    I’m all for integrating TV and Internet as much as the next techie. I just don’t think that slapping a bunch of widgets on a TV makes for the best user experience

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  3. Agreed! And perhaps too low-tech of me to say here, but sometimes a TV shouldn’t even be a TV. Maybe a fish tank. http://tiny.cc/wUcPu

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  4. Yeah the same thing happened to computers. I remember when they were so simple, you just typed in text commands and they responded with text.

    Then they had to go and make the interface all graphicky and easy to use and someone else thought it was a good idea to connect all of the computers to each other and to so much information that I can’t possibly read it all.

    Those were the days.

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  5. I look forward to the interactive capabilities of the digital TV’s but they should be careful NOT to make it like a PC and give users full control…including when I want to NOT see all of those widgets or be alerted and just my TV. Like when the Sharks are playing :-) @robblewis

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