Evolution of the Internets
As I was working on my own remix to the Chocolate Rain song last night, I pondered on what the next big thing will be that the intarwebs will bring to us. The first obvious boom was social networking, and it was quite prominent before MySpace ever existed. In fact, MySpace captured all the great things that these social network hubs touted, and evolved them into the mass that we see today. The same thing happened with blogs, online video, podcasts… After all this, what’s next?
The internet is nothing short of being an alternate reality for our livelihoods. We all work, communicate and entertain in some capacity by using it. It’s doubtful that we will ever be tired of the internet, and all the greatness that it has grown to be. And it’s obvious that there are certain virtual endeavors (read: MMORPG) that succeed, and many that fail miserably (um… Second Life?). Perhaps little fads will pop up here and there, but the question at hand still stands before us.
It seems that the next logical step will be the methods of how the ‘net is delivered to us. Web applications have hit a plateau, and we mostly see clones of other sites scattered everywhere. Little, by little, more devices are starting to integrate internet access. New devices, means new ways to interact online. If one was so inclined, it’s even possible to surf the web while catching a wave.
Some devices have achieved a state of ridiculous irony. Take Helio, for example; by partnering with MySpace, their selling point is to be able to do social networking on the go. You can even go as far as to track others via GPS. So in other words, instead of venturing out into the real world, where you can meet others in person, you can hide behind your phone and meet people electronically. It’s even possible to spy on your friends. Great.
So my question is, how do you think the internet is going to evolve in the next few years?