Reflections on 2008

Not a time for me to write a weighty post on the last day of 2008. No predictions, no recommendations – you have lots of choices for those things – just some reflections on people, places and events during this year that have influenced and informed my own thinking in many ways, not only to do with my strong interest in business, communication and technology.

And so I offer you my Impressions of 2008 and some influences, a short video I created with the excellent Animoto service.

You can also see this video on YouTube.

I wonder how much of this you might recognize: some of the people, perhaps, maybe some of the places and events. Let me know what you do see.

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2009.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Mark Story


    You continue to amaze me with what must be an unbending intellectual curiosity to try new technology. I learn so much from reading your blog and end up trying about a lot of the things that present. Imitation is the best form of flattery, I suppose.

    I I could not leave you heading in the the new year without a bullshit bingo comment, so I will just say that your real-time contributions to my personal knowledge base will lead to a legacy of thinking outside of the box. Never one to pick off the low-hanging fruit, you are continually at the cutting edge of strategizing new paradigms for your listeners are readers, giving us a 40,000 foot (or 12,00 metre?), challenging us to push back on conventional thinking.

    Happy new year.

    Mark (King of BS Bingo) Story

  2. neville

    Lol, Mark, thanks. Terrific bingo! Hope we continue connecting in 09. Love to hear more on FIR from those students of yours, too!

    Happy New Year to you.

    • neville

      Hmm, wonder why this reply to Mark's comment is out of sequence – I made the comment after Mark;'s so it should appear as a link to his comment, below. IntenseDebate bug.

  3. Bryan Person


    Liking your experimentation, too, and it's inspiring me do more of the same. Here's the link to my full-length Animoto video(s) of our favorite family photos from 2008:

    Also, I gave iTalk (and iSync) a try tonight, and like you, I'm impressed with the sound quality and ease of use. Here's a funny clip of my son making pirate noises that I recorded with iTalk just after the calendar turned over to 2009:

    Happy New Year, Neville, and keep up the tinkering in the months ahead.

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