Another way to think about all this is to take what we have, then make
it more intense...bigger. Remember bulletin boards, back in the days of
CompuServe? We still have them, but now they`re forums. We had
PhotoBucket for still images, now we have YouTube for moving images and
To follow Steve`s line of thought, as new technology enters the market,
people will go back to what already works and apply that technology to
make it "bigger." Hersh mentions mobile phones, and look at the impact
of photo or video capture and text messaging.
It comes down to people wanting to communicate, and to make their
communication as closely similar as if they were standing next to the
person or people they`re speaking to.
Another "next thing" is definitely going to be interactive education,
lectures, and seminars, when the Internet-2 comes online. It`s there
already in some places, and demonstrates the viability. We`re on the
way to personal TV stations, the same as we have personal radion
stations with Internet radio.
Remember "Wayne`s World?" I`d expect to see something like that replace YouTube.