I've lived a bit longer than some of my readers and over that time I've seen many changes in the way things work and where technology has moved. I've seen and believed in things for the benefits that they could provide and sometimes it was before the benefit was seen. I just feel things sometimes and go by what my instinct tells me even if it goes against common reason.
Here's some of the things I've experienced and heard:
- My first home phone was a party line- Do you even know what that is?
- No one is going to go out to eat burgers at a fast food place called McDonalds. Families eat dinner at home.
- My first computer was a Commodore 64 that I bought for my construction business. That's a waste of money and time was what I heard.
- The internet is a passing phase it won't last.
- The internet has no real value.
- Facebook is for kids. Adults won't have anything to do with that nonsense.
- Twitter is a total fad and won't turn into anything. It has no value to anyone.
- You pay your bills with money or by a check.
- Debt cards?
- NFC= Near field communication to pay by credit or debit. Loved Square up since it was started by Jack Dorsey.
- My first cell phone was the size of a small toaster and had a bag for carrying. These are only going to be for salesmen was the conventional thinking.
- Social media is useless and has no purpose or value to anyone.
I'm sure if you stop and think about these items you'll see some issues in what was the thinking at that time. Now try to look forward into what will potentially be the new realities. Are you so sure social media is useless as far as business is concerned.
Most of the listed items I felt were going to move forward even though I had no way of knowing for sure. I just felt it. Social media falls into my new thinking now among others.
Here's a couple more for you to ponder:
Remember when we had paper money? Ummh- http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/st_essay
Remember laptops and mice for the pointers? Take a look- http://youtu.be/6Cf7IL_eZ38
Computer screens that you can roll up, stretch
Oh that's already started ( http://inhabitat.com/hp-and-asu-announce-flexible-computer-screens/)
Social Media, of that I have little doubt.