Social media will revolutionize your gadgets

The other day I was cleaning out a junk drawer and found a rainbow-colored stack of floppy disks. Remember when these used to be the coolest thing ever? Remember what they replaced?

My oldest will graduate this year. The class of 2011 grew up without ever knowing about all the cool gadgets we had. Like the gargantuan cell phone we used to lug around, tethered by a chord to a suitcase-like battery.

They’ll never know our painstaking drudgery of writing all of our term papers on dot matrix printer paper, or trying to find that Duran Duran song on our cassette of 80s Hits. That we recorded. From our stack of albums.

The future is converging

Now futurists are looking at how our current technology will evolve to the point where your new iPad and your flatscreen TV will be museum-worthy.

If you think social media is just a fun distraction, fast forward five years and you’ll see how Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms will take over people’s homes. This integration, or convergence, is already happening, and the next five years will see some exciting new trends.

Today's version of a remote control with touch screen.

Imagine getting a new television and programming your touch-screen remote control to integrate all of your social media accounts. Your Twitter username, Facebook profile, LinkedIn profile, Digg profile, and any other account you have will be embedded into the remote control and all of your other day-to-day devices.

And your devices will talk to each other. Your TV remote will talk to your computer, which will talk to your phone and your music devices.  It all comes down to a way of life as social sharing becomes routine.

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6 Responses to Social media will revolutionize your gadgets

  1. Dennis Salvatier September 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    It’ll be a great day when you never have to buy a dvd or cd ever again and everything is just downloaded to your computer/tv.

  2. Amy Spreeman September 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Amen, Dennis, amen!

  3. SM Joyner September 22, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    If my refrigerator decides to “follow” or “like” me, I am through. However, I have heard about the intelligence being built into the appliances of the not so distant future whereby your refrigerator could order food when you are running low. Hopefully the refrigerator can stick to the family budget.

    • Amy Spreeman September 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

      That’s hilarious, SM Joyner!
      If there is such a refrigerator in the works (one that orders food, I mean), I need to chase it down, hog tie it and bring it home.

  4. Ana | Traffic Generation Cafe September 23, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    The best 2 week-old site I’ve ever visited, Amy – way to go!

    Ana Hoffman

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