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Dear Brands, I just got disrupted. I willingly let a stranger drive off in my car, and I found it unnerving. For my third year, I spent yesterday at the Maker Faire, in Silicon Valley. Unlike any other year, the crowds were overflowing, suggesting this movement was growing faster than the cottage industry before. Above Photo: Google showcases interconnected screens at Google IO conference in SF. By Chris Silva (cross posted) and Jeremiah Owyang, Industry Analysts at Altimeter Group Last year’s over hyped skydiving was replaced by down to earth by grounded product enhancements. Is Facebook paid, owned or earned? The answer is yes. Facebook is all. They integrate advertising units along with content created by brands on their Facebook pages, and allow for consumers to share their opinions right in the comments. Brands Seek to Scale by Focusing On Managing Social Proliferation Altimeter’s research continues to survey buyers of disruptive technologies, and continues our coverage on social technologies. Dear Brands, I want an open relationship. I don’t want to buy from you directly, I want to rent, subscribe, and borrow your goods. Above Image: Fire Dancers metaphorically ignite movement in Union Square, the center of SF commerce. Your customers are trading products and goods –rather than buying them from you! Want to know why? We’re conducting research in a pragmatic method to find out why, and then answer what companies should do to respond. Altimeter Data Above: Social spreads further to the edges in Hub and Spoke, and Distributes to Multiple Hub and Spoke, aka “Dandelion” Social Business Evolution Spreads In Corporations Altimeter’s most recent social business buyers survey of global national corporations with over 1000 employees has yielded interesting results. Above Image: Market Opportunities for the Collaborative Economy by Vertical, from Sharable Magazine follow them on Twitter. A market opportunity for the innovative entrepreneur and visionary VC, a new market awaits to be charted.