Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Turning the page...

What is up with Hooper?
After almost 20 years of fixing technology and relentlessly studying ways to optimize it's usage and the people who administrate it, I have finally come to the realization that we are at the tipping point of communication technologies current usefulness, email in particularly.  Technology as we know it is changing, the methods we use to share, collaborate, engineer, design, problem solve, and innovate are creating huge opportunities but also huge human inefficiencies.

Socialized problem solving is enabling creative resolutions to be found at an accelerated pace in some communities.  However for most people the over indulgence in information sharing and connections is causing a social reaction:  Social Stress is the name I am giving it.  It's the constant desire to be in touch, in the know, in the group.  To have connections with the right people, to get the inside information, to be available to all, all the time.

For years I and many colleagues have been suffering from  "Information Overload".  Well, the problem now is "Connection Overload".  Too many connections, too many ways to be connected, too many relationship management tools...  it's too much. What's worse is all these social media tools are inter-connecting, repopulating and regurgitating the noise you didn't want to hear in the first place.

So this is what I am going to try and do:  To ease Social Stress and fix the "Connection Problem".  My business partners and I have teamed up to develop a technology that will allow you to centrally configure your relationships and connections.  Our hope is that with the reduction of noise, applications will become more meaningful, relationships more meaningful, and life more meaningful.  The company is called SMAK - Secure Messaging Alerting and Knowledge

Over the next few months you will see a new website launched called http://www.getsmaked.com where will make available access to a technology that will filter and stream your emails, status updates and group your connections in a super easy and effective way.
Stay tuned...

7 comments:

OfLittleConsequence said...

It's about time someone did this right!
Sign me up!!

Hiring yet? :^)

Craig Wilkey

VIGILANTGUY said...

Here is a great article as a follow up on Social Stress. It is excellent:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201101/connection-overload-5-fallacies-fuel-our-addiction-technology-and-incr

Sherrie Bourg Carter said...

Good luck with your new endeavor, Matt! Goodness knows it's badly needed in today's overconnected, hectic, stressed-out world!

Todd Nilson said...

Matt, this is sooooo long overdue. Yes, I'm interested. I'm in. How can I support what you're doing?

Alias DuJour said...
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Lisa Rowe said...

Congratulations, Matt! I am so excited for you!! Absolutely fabulous that someone is taking this step forward.

If I can help, let me know.

Mark Chase said...

Best wishes Matt... Hope all is well on your end.