I’ve been thinking about the internet recently, mostly because people are always asking me since I’m online more than usual. I’m not online endlessly refreshing my Facebook or watching videos on YouTube of people crashing into fences or anything like that. The internet is like the revolution that personal computing was. A few of these ideas are taken from Meatball Sundae, which I happened to be reading at the time.
Information At Your Fingertips
Originally this was applied to computers individually, but really it’s more applicable to networks. There is really no other medium that has such an incredible amount of information with so much variety.
No Physical Limitations
It’s all digital. Stores can be infinite in size and distance does not exist. The ways you can now stay connected with people across the world are just amazing, with videos, audio, text, etc. Whatever you create can be as big and wild as you imagine it.
Ease of Publishing
No other form of media makes it so easy to publish content. You pay to publish everywhere else, but on the internet, it’s all free. Setup an account on Windows Live Spaces, and instantly you have a presence on the internet.
Power Of Voice
There is no other medium where everybody has equal power and has equal opportunity to reach the masses. You don’t need to be on a fancy TV channel or get prime spots on a magazine. If you have something new, people will come, the word will spread. Even better ideas go viral.
All other media is mostly regional, and you can only capture so many eyeballs. The internet has no boundaries, and its scale is enormous. Just recently total world internet users passed 1 billion, and that’s only 15%.
Money To Be Made
Basically, there’s a massive opportunity here, and everybody has a shot at it. Just like personal computing was back then. Some people took advantage of the opportunity, because it was the perfect time. There’s a reason Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born in the same year. Now is the perfect time to get involved. Ideally, being born in 1985 would be perfect for somebody to latch on to the internet revolution. While I can’t say what the trend to latch onto would be, but I have a couple ideas. In fact, if you get started now, it’s a tad late. So get to it.