I love technology, I really do. Sometimes it gets me super excited.
On July 16, 2012, Marissa Mayer was appointed CEO of Yahoo! Later that day, a website popped up.
Soon thereafter, a Twitter trend followed.
Within one day, Yahoo! responded.
When I saw this, I remember thinking three distinct thoughts.
1.) Why did Flickr fade?
Flickr at some point was, in fact, an awesome website. While it started as a photo sharing site, and even developed conversations through comment streams, it became significantly more powerful as it matured. Over time, the site likely began to pave the way for this stuff we now call “social media.” Basically, users were not just uploading photos, they were uploading photos with metadata. All sorts of information including location, camera model, aperture and shutter speed readings, among other things.
- Flickr users were uploading millions of photos and metadata and anyone could track consumer trends. Users could now see what the most popular camera was, but more importantly, users could see the potential of a camera they may have been shopping for. All of a sudden, we were getting product reviews.
- Flickr users were also uploading millions of photos and metadata and anyone could see what was going on in a specific location, in real-time. In retrospect, this was not quite real-time as we see today with Twitter, but certainly faster than standard media. Natural disasters, political unrest, and other major news were being documented visually.
I remember this being a big deal to me, in recognizing the sort of data that was “out there.”
2.) Twitter breaks down barriers.
At this point, I think we all know this, but it is still incredibly important. No matter how often this sort of thing happens, I’ll always be impressed. There have never been suggestion boxes for laypersons to submit ideas to major companies. With Twitter, now we can suggest (or complain). In the early days of Twitter (say 2007), it was a one-way street. I complained, my three friends on Twitter didn’t respond, I ate dinner and went to bed.
changed become more popular since 2007. This #dearinternet moment was one of the moments that opened up my eyes. Someone is listening. Not in that ‘creepy big-brother’ sort of way, but more in that ‘we’re all in this together’ sort of way.
3.) I love technology.