It’s amazing how fast the Internet is moving! I remember like it was yesterday when I had to use my obnoxiously loud 56k modem to dial into America Online. A welcome message would popup that gave me access to my email, “Channels” and buddy list. At that time, I thought AOL was the internet…..
Now, about 15 years later….look at how different and more complex the Internet has become.
The evolution of Search Engines, online shopping, communication, and content delivery has changed the way we live our lives. Now-days whatever you wanted to buy or do in real life, you can do online. If you want to buy a car go to AutoTrader.com, if you wanted to buy a house just search Trulia.com, if you want to buy a pair of jeans go to Gap.com.
Just take a look at the web technology timeline over just the last 10 years.
Probably the biggest changes over the last 5 years or so is obviously the evolution of Social Media. Even though Instant Messaging and social networks have been around for probably 10 years now, it has only been in the last 3-5 years, that is has really become mainstream as people’s primary source for connecting with friends, family and co-workers. The all mighty Facebook will basically tell you anything you would like to know about a person and provide you instant access to millions of people.
The power of social media has transformed the web into something AMAZING! It gives people the ability to connect with other like-minded people and share their knowledge and experiences instantly!
Where Will the Internet Be in 2025?
I can only imagine what the internet will be like in 5, 10, 20 years from now. It is growing at such a rapid pace, that it is almost impossible to keep up with.
If I had to guess, I would have to bank on mobile becoming a much bigger part of how people access the internet. As mobile devices become better and more sophisticated, people will be able to multi-task and do more with them.
I also believe that TV, Internet and Phone will mesh into one super communication tool, where you will be able use any of these platforms through one main interface. Things like Radio, TV, Movies, Gaming will all be real-time. No need to buy new games or cds…you can just access these things in real-time through the web.
I see one potential problem being that there will be more spam and ways to saturate the Internet with for lack of a better work “crap”. With the invention of new types of web sites and technologies, there are always going to be people that want to spam or make a quick buck by leveraging vulnerabilities.
What Do You Think?
Where do you see the Internet in the next decade? What types of technologies are we going to have? How will people be communicating with each other?
Well, aside from everyone on the face of the earth using it and having computers at home. I'm hoping that there will be new innovations especially from google. Like direct search engines and a whole lot more.
Things that are already here but in a test phase that will most likely boom as well is how we use our mobile to identify ourself in hotels, home front door, apartment complex etc just like a key where your mobile communicates with an internet server to fetch informatio etc. I hope the internet will sometime get safer than it is now, but im not sure about that. I believe things are evolving too fast for the better and there's always someone that wants to be over the system and make a quick buck, scamming people etc. This is already a big problem. My recent post Latest Avast Pro Antivirus and Avast Internet Security Releases Feature Enhanced Features
Awesome post Mark, thanks.. Just wondering, the image in your post is a wicked timeline/infographic we noticed... did you create that yourself? we where thinking of possibly using it at some stage for presentation or informational purposes and wanted to make sure we had the correct attribution :) My recent post Learnings & Observations about social media from recent activity
I think more people will have access to the net because computer will basically be dirt cheap for some reason or another..and people will be continually making money and growing businesses.. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off" My recent post Top 33 Awesome Bloggers Of March 2011
I want "blink-speed"! I'm shocked sometimes at my own impatience with waiting for web pages to load on my mobile. How funny is that? My recent post Works Like a Cold Slap in the Face…Thanks! I Needed That
Good points. Technology is getting so cheap that more people are able to afford computers, so it is becoming a necessity in every home now.