A reoccurring thought I have is the topic of default app dependence. The concept of using the default app for browsing, communication, and research baffles me at times. I completely understand that the app is designed for the device and or company’s product. I also understand people just feel comfortable because of the unawareness of what else is out there.
The question is should we accept the default?
Here are a few recurrences
Browser: On my iPhone I as well as others are forced to use Safari. This limits the general user to believe this is the only way to get to the internet which is very deceiving. I instead use Chrome as my primary browser app but I have to deal with links (every once in a while) opening up in Safari. I do not have a problem with Safari as a browser, however all my history and bookmarks sync with Chrome and I can access this when I use any computer/device anywhere. I also know that if I’m an active participant in GAFE (Google Apps for Education) I’m probably hindering my browsing experience. Why would I want to use a browser that is one dimensional? Why would I want to limit myself to an app that doesn’t offer accessibility on other devices?
There is no reason to be limited nor should you.
Messaging: I have to admit this market is saturated with content (iMessage, Hangouts, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Periscope, Voxer, WhatsApp…..) however we are slaves to our default messaging service on our phones. Why do we continue to use iMessaging when we can only access this tool using only one device? Wouldn’t it be in our best interest to use something like Hangouts that’s universal and easily accessible from any device?
I continue to test the waters of communication diversity and promote opportunity of tools that are universal multidimensional for all users.
Research: When we want to know something we immediately web search “Google It”. Pretty common, I do it and I don’t anticipate moving away from web searching but can’t we be efficient and strategic with gathering content for learning. With so many feeding based resources and PLN’s (Feedly, G+, Communities, Twitter, Tackk, Pulse, Digg, Pocket, Flipboard, Zite, Pinterest, etc.) we can customize, categorize, and get notified on any resource that helps you grow or strikes your interest.
Maybe if we participate more within a PLN or setup resource feeds we wouldn’t have to rely on the default of searching content… the content will come to us.