For the last two years the Irish transport system has grounded to a halt due to adverse weather conditions, i.e. Snow.
Last year I arrived at my normal station about an hour early only to find that the train was not running. There were no travel alerts on the Irish Rail website and workers in the station had no idea when the service would resume. Deciding not to trust them I walked to the main station in Dublin to see the situation there and while it was manic with throngs of people all queueing for trains that were running late along with normal bus commuters trying to figure out where and what to do my train eventually did leave. 3 hours late and from the wrong track.
This year we are currently enjoying a cold snap which does the above, buses stop running, motorways turn to parking lots on ice and my beloved train system goes a little crazy. The only major difference is I have twitter this year. Before leaving work I checked to see if there were any alerts, there was, someone informed me that my train again was not going from my normal station, so I went to the main station. While queueing I checked twitter again and found that the train was packed with little or no room left and that it was also a smaller train, so I’d need to adjust my position if I’m to have any hope of making it. I didn’t make it. So I checked twitter again, next train going in 5 min from a very strange track. So I bullied my way across the station, got on the train, got a seat and am currently unwinding while making the unknown length of a journey home.
The difference twitter made today was unreal, it was a real time community based travel alert/travel info broadcast.
#BrianLenihan #Budget # Ireland
Firstly, I genuinely love using apple products and think their ability to combine style, UX and functionality is unparalleled to anything else. BUT if I was to take my gut instincit over their last year I would say the following:
Don’t get me wrong, like I started this post. I do enjoy using apple products, not because of the persona of using them, but because they are just good. But I do fear that they will just jump the shark or even worse become the real Skynet or iNet for marketing purposes.