Brief but intense “holy shit” moments have been hitting me quite a bit in the last couple weeks. For the last 5 years, my social networking experience has largely consisted of Facebook, and I took it for granted as an application that was just really good at what it did.
Maybe that’s even what Zuck thought. (Hey Zuckerberg, comment on my blog whydontcha. I’m having convulsions here.)
I have often wished I was twenty-something in 1995, prime for the internet boom. But in 1995, would I have recognized what was taking place? Would I have realized the extensive impact the internet would have on my life and on human history? I don’t know.
But I’m twenty something now, and I think it’s happening again. Something incredibly profound is happening, and it will affect us forever. It won’t just affect your life online. People will inevitably be 100% connected to this vast social grid, because they want to be.
I am guilty of drinking way too much soda + coffee and getting delusional later in the day, but I don’t think I’m blowing this out of proportion. I’m almost dizzy from thinking about it.
Some questions that are cropping up in my mind include:
- How will Facebook and other social networks become even more real-time?
- How will desktop-based social browsers like RockMelt fair? Don’t RockMelt’s social extensions essentially do what Facebook’s more portable Apps can already do if they wanted to? If desktop social browsers prevail, why did they?
- How many investors invest in social apps because they think anything social will make money, and not because they understand the insanity of it all?
- What is sum of it all? Where is all this stuff leading us? Social networking is surely not the terminus. There’s a crazy future ahead of us.
That’s all for now. Comment if you think I’m all wrong, or you have some answers for those questions. @seejohnrun? @johnbellone?Follow @katzgrau