Internet boom

With Internet boom and gadgets like ipod, 2000-09 has turned out to be a dizzying period of innovation.

The Internet had become accessible to all in the years since 2000, giving birth to sites such as Wikipedia in 2001, MySpace in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006.

While it got off to a rocky start with the over hyped Y2K bug and dotcom bubble, the era dubbed the “Digital Decade” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates has tuned out to be a dizzying period of innovation.

It’s been an amazingly vibrant decade for the internet and for digital things in general said, New York bureau chief of Wired magazine which has chronicled the technological leaps and bounds of the past 10 years. People simply don’t exist in non-digital world at all. Even grandmothers and Luddites all have told and devices – even if they don’t realize they’re using them which connect them to a digital world.

David Pogue, personal technology columnist for the New York Times points to apple’s iPod, introduced in 2001, as among the most influential devices of the decade. It really revolutionized marketing.

Pogue also gives a nod to the GPS navigational unit, which changes the way we drive and also has environmental considerations because millions of people spend less time driving around lost.

Touch screen smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone featuring thousands of applications are also high on Pogue’s list. It’s become a tiny pocket computer in a size and shape that no computer’s ever been before and mobile connected to the internet all the time.. That’s a revolutionary set of circumstances.

What’s more it’s only two years old. The iPhone came out years ago.

Imagine what the iPhone and the Android phones and the Palm phones are going to look like in five years? They’re going to be smaller, thinner, much better battery life, many more features, much faster. Right now we’re looking at the Stone Age of these phones. We think they’re modern but they’re not.

Another ground breaking device high on the lists of technology analysts is Amazon’s Kindle electronic reader, which made its appearance in 2007 and has spawned a host of rivals.

The past decade has, of course also seen seismic shifts in the web with the explosive growth of social networking sits, wireless connectivity and the rise of internet based cloud computing.

Web search and advertising giant Google has become central to our lives.

In the late 1990s, creating a webpage took skill talent special software – it was still only for the geeks.

The internet has become accessible to all in the years since, giving birth to sites such as Wikipedia in 2001, Myspace in 2003, faceboo in 2004, YouTube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006.

What (Web 2.0) does that’s really amazing is it connects people who have similar interests even very narrow interests who would never meet ach other. They would never be able to connect any other way.

Much of what has come to pass over the past 10 years was presaged by Gates when he gazed into a crystal ball in an October 2001 essay titled Moving into the Digital Decade.

The message on a business to business Web site is an extension of the company and should be as sensitive to business to business customs as any other company representatives would be. Once a message posed, it can read anywhere at any time. As consequence the opportunity to convey an unintended message is infinite. Nothing about the Web will change the extent to which people identify with their own languages and cultures; thus languages should be at the top of the list hen examining the viability of a company’s Web site