Let’s Play a Game…

In Tech and Internet by Daniel M. Clark2 Comments

Fill in the blank:

“In the next five to ten years, your ____________ will be as commonly used as your phone number.”

Here's a few suggestions off the top of my head:

  1. AOL screen name
  2. MySpace ID
  3. Facebook URL
  4. Skype ID
  5. LinkedIn Profile
  6. Twitter ID

If you answered any of the above – or any other service like them – you're wrong. The only thing that will be as ubiquitous in five to ten years as your phone number is your phone number.

Realism, FTW.

Every time a new social service pops up and gets moderately popular, we get a prediction about how mainstream it will get and how it will revolutionize modern communication. It hasn't been true yet. As much as I love Twitter, and I do, the truth is that to the vast majority of humans, it's nothing – they've never even heard of it. To the majority of people who have heard of it, it's nothing more than a fad. To its active users, Twitter is anything from a nifty communication tool to the digital equivalent of the next coming of Christ. Considering we're nearing seven billion people on this planet, having a user base of a few million isn't very impressive in a as-common-as-a-phone-number kind of way.

The only thing that has given the telephone a run for its money in the modern age is email – a non-proprietary, open method of communication that is not under the control or regulation of any single company. It has many, many faults – not the least of which is that it's a method of written communication.

My parents still prefer to talk to my daughter over the phone.

Realism, FTW.

Comments

  1. My parents prefer the phone too, but it gets expensive because we're in different countries. I'm trying to get them to buy a webcam, so they can see AND talk to the kids at the same time over the computer.

  2. My parents prefer the phone too, but it gets expensive because we're in different countries. I'm trying to get them to buy a webcam, so they can see AND talk to the kids at the same time over the computer.

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