I’ve just moved flats, so have the joy of calling telecoms engineers on a daily basis in an attempt to set up a new phone line & internet connection. Hence, my contributions will be like my bowel movements – very patchy & irregular (sorry if you’re mid-way through your cornflakes). I’m presently writing this on free wi-fi in the Barbican, so will only check in once in a while till I get the flat connected.
In Saturday’s Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine there were a series of articles on how the last decade have made huge differences to the world we live in – ’10 years that changed EVERYTHING’. Amongst the articles was a great piece on technology & communications by Alan Rusbridger entitled ‘Power to the People’. He makes good arguments for the 10 things that have changed our lives in the highly evolving areas of internet & technology.
Amongst his top 10 is Twitter & concludes:
‘ Who are these sad people who want to know that some other sad person is waiting for a bus or has just changed a nappy? … Yes, people still write/say that. Smarter people recognise that Twitter is one stage on from Google – applying human intelligence and recommendation to the ordering of information … in real time.’
I’m relatively new to Twitter but agree with his sentiment. It’s an amazing communication tool & really feel it is revolutionising the way we find, disseminate & discuss information, news, etc. I really feel it has that incredible potential & like Mr. Rusbridger think it will become as prevalent, dominant & useful as Google has.
What technologies do you think have changed life (for good or bad) in the last decade?