from the outright-lying dept
Unfortunately, I have no link for this one, but I just caught TellMe’s CEO, Mike McCue, on the Charlie Rose show on PBS. Now, I’ve not disguised the fact that I really don’t think TellMe is a big deal, but I was amazed to hear McCue talk about it. He continually mentioned that he was “changing the world” because people could now get the internet on their phone. When pressed for examples, the best he could come up with is that people can order airline tickets on their phone now (as if we couldn’t before). Then came the whopper. When asked exactly how that was “changing the world” McCue announced that only 10% of Americans had access to the internet, and he was making sure that the power of the internet wasn’t just in the hands of “the elite few”. I have to wonder if (1) he actually believes that number (and if so what that means about his connection with reality) and (2) if he doesn’t – why he thinks people listening to him would ever believe that. It took me all of about 10 minutes to find stats that tell a very different story. Here’s another one that clearly states nearly two-thirds of Americans accessed the internet in the past year (and that’s nearly 6 months old).