For my 30th birthday last year, a coworker gave me this awesome pop-up book called Inside the Personal Computer by Sharon Gallagher. Published in 1984, it's a surprisingly comprehensive guide to computer hardware at the time.
Twenty-six years later, however, things have obviously changed a lot.
For example, the book says, "Hard disks can store between 5 and 50 megabytes of information - the equivalent of between 3,000 and 30,000 typewritten pages."
Nowadays, an iPhone 4 can store up to 32 gigabytes of information.
Nineteen years ago, I was "surfing" a very limited Internet on Prodigy, using "jump words" to access various pages instead of URLs because there were so few pages available, and each page took at least a minute to load.
Now I can stream entire movies to our TV over our broadband connection with Netflix.
Twitter just began to take off in 2008, and now most brands and celebrities are on it.
Things change quickly in the world of computing, and in social media especially. With nonprofit and for-profit organizations, for example, this year things have been all about measurement. But in the next year, things will become increasingly ROI-focused. Do you know how to strategically use social media to engage your stakeholders, cultivate relationships and increase your organization's bottom line? (If the answer is "no," Small Act's consultants and Thrive software can help you.)
So what do you think we'll be seeing and working with in the next five, 10, or 20 years? Post your ideas in the comments!