This morning a reader of mine made me aware that QR Code technology indeed exists in the United States, provided by Qode, a Florida company (www.qode.com). Thanks Ken D. for the heads up.
You can download the Qode software to your cell phone and then point it to the “Qode” (a version of QR Code) and it will take you to the related web site. I guess these must be proprietary QR codes because you would not want any cell phone to point and get to the same web site, or would you? I’m still not sure who and how money is made through this technology. What is the business model? Probably that’s also changing and evolving as well as we speak.
You can point your cell phone at a Qode and take a virtual tour of a house on sale, compare ticket prices, get all kinds of info on all kinds of products and services, etc. And the information can be customized by times zone and other variables as well. For example, pointing the phone at a Qode “stamp” at 9 a.m. in San Francisco would take you to a web page appropriate for the “morning zone” but the same stamp will take you to an “afternoon” page in New York.
The Onion, the nation’s premiere satire paper, has published an item on May 31 that made me laugh out loud because it expressed my own cynicism about MySpace’s claim as a “social space.” How can people who do not even know one another claim to be one another’s friends, by the thousands at a time? That I could never comprehend. And The onion slashed at the whole idea with the following new story:
“MySpace Outage Leaves Millions Friendless”!!! I really laughed hard at that one. “BEVERLY HILLS, CA — An estimated 150 million people continued to be without social lives Tuesday as a massive system failure at MySpace.com entered its third day.”
Fantastic humor but perhaps also a scary harbinger of things to come… could it be true? Why not?