As we get closer to 2015, it is quite obvious that more and more people are upgrading to higher technology and buying better technology to stay updated with societal tech standards. Years prior to today, there were no tech standards, but today society requires you to own smartphones, laptops, tablet computers, and even wearable tech items. As more years pass, we’re getting closer to ultimate enveloping of our beings into technological worlds. This new trend is only possible with the millions of people willing to get more involved with the new wave. If people refused to get better technology such as resorting to old technology or technology having longer shelf life, our innovation and creativity would be barred or slowed down.
Along with our new trend of infatuation with new technology, we also have a love for posts and tweets and updates. Facebook was a trend for nearly eight years but many who moved from Facebook to Twitter said that they moved because Facebook didn’t accommodate for high activity of posts. Twitter, on the other hand, is great for high activity of posts and simplicity. Twitter is great because its simplicity allows for simple posting, profiles, and favorites/retweets. Facebook, on the other hand, gets too complicated with Events, Groups, and Stickers. As our tech advances, we can all expect that our activity towards Twitter, Facebook will grow exponentially and have greater features.
Information is such an integral form of social networking in our day and age. Where is she? What is she tweeting? What questions is he asking? What type of restaurants does he like? With the social media revolution we’re living through, companies like Gowalla, Twitter, Quora, and FourSquare help spread the message to friends, family, and strangers about what you’re doing, where you are, what you like, what you don’t, and more. The main conversation of analyzing technology is if all of this plethora of information is actually beneficial to society or detrimental. Most consider is detrimental because one person is putting themselves out there too much, but it can also be considered beneficial due to the fact that it can also provide a backbone for a person even when not in a conversation with a person. To describe over-posting further, you can always keep in contact with someone and feel as if they’re with you just by the presence of their idiosyncratic tweets or specific music taste, etc.
We changed information, however. During the first revolution of web companies, we were only giving information to AskJeeves, MapQuest, and AltaVista. Today, we give companies all of our information because of two reasons: 1) easiness, and 2) trust. One, the web has made things as private as financial transactions and handling tax information so seamless that people have begun to resort to using them without feeling suspicious. With success rates of working for reputable friends or even reviews online, people find no reason to hold back from using these services. As well, information has changed us. With these methods, research has been made easier and uncomplicated which helps further our development in solving real-world problems.
The “Second Bubble”, or Web 2.0, arrived shortly after the bubble pop of technology around 1998-2001. Companies like Google, Ask, Amazon, CompuServe, Apple, Napster, and Microsoft are all companies started prior to the bubble pop of the early 2000s where companies were starting to see a decline in sales and society weeded out very few companies to continue to succeed (Google, Yahoo, Apple, et al) and for the rest to fail (Ask.com, Napster, AltaVista, et al). Once the bubble popped and we realized tech was a great opportunity for making a significance in the world, engineers and entrepreneurs continued to work at their ideas even without support. Examples such as Facebook, iPhone apps, and tumblr paved the way for the futuristic society we live in today thanks to hard work and right markets.
The New Wave of technology — Web 2.0 — has greatly influenced societies across the planet in the way they shop, speak to their friends, broadcast messages, absorb education and do research. Thanks to the greatest adaptation to technology since the beginning of mankind, we see millions of tech companies sprouting up across the world building products that make the world a better place in some way, shape, or form. Web 2.0 is bringing in a new wave of technology and it’s coming at the prefect time because users have updated computers, phones, tablets. Web 2.0 has affected the way I live my life due to adaptivity with friends and family, but it’s more interesting how the New Wave has the capacity to change the world forever (if it hasn’t already).