Texting is to 5 Years Ago as ______ is to Today

Texting is to 5 Years Ago as ______ is to Today

I was walking threw town on Saturday with a colleague and both of us recalled trips to Europe in the 2002-2003 time frame.  Both of us being technologists, we noticed an obvious trend; texting.  Both of us had the same reaction, “who would ever want to text?  Typing short form messages on a number pad is ridiculous and no one will be texting in 2 years.”  Ooops.

That got me thinking.  What’s today’s texting?  Something that’s far from main stream right now, in fact many people find it annoying.  But, something that will be fairly universal in 5 years.  Some thoughts:

  • Twitter is the obvious one.  In fact, it’s the reason I started the post.  I think we’re beyond the “tipping point” with Twitter and there’s little doubt in my mind that it will become mainstream.
  • Location Based Awareness is less obvious.  It may not be there yet, but it’s easy to argue that it’ll get there.  The technology will have to advance.  Just as texting didn’t take off until telephone keyboards became easier to use, location based applications will take some time.  I have theories, but that’s another post.
  • Social Gaming.  There’s little arguing that Facebook-based (and other social media based) games are growing in popularity.  I personally find them repulsive, but since I thought that about texting too, I’m allowing for the possibility.
  • There’s also the possibility that the answer is Ashton Kutcher’s Tooter from the SNL clip above.

Any other ideas?