Sunday, February 3, 2008

Interesting, but of no commercial value

JP Rangaswami has written a really beautiful posting with the title “Interesting, but of no commercial value”: The problem with emerging social media tools on his confused of calcutta blog today.
The article is a well written tour through the history of computing and the resistance being put up against new and innovative technologies that have the potential to change the way we work, communicate, or do business.
I'll quote just the first few introductory paragraphs here:

I can remember a time when people thought e-mail was a complete waste of time. I can remember a time when spreadsheets and storyboarding software were similarly disdained. In fact, I can even remember a time when no senior executive would be seen dead near a computer. You know something? It wasn’t that long ago, maybe 20 years ago?

I can remember a time when people thought the internet was a complete waste of time. When browsers had no future, when search engines were nothing more than toys. It wasn’t that long ago that Google was something that a few people played with, and the rest thought…. that they were wasting time. I can remember a time when people thought eBay was a plaything, someplace
that people went….to waste time. I can even remember a time when packages marked
Amazon or Fedex were unheard-of in enterprise mail trolleys. You know something? It wasn’t that long ago, maybe 10 years ago.

I can remember a time when people thought social media, software
and networks were a complete waste of time.
When
Facebookers were fools, Twitterers were twits, when even blogs and wikis and IM were viewed with deep suspicion, when everyone thought that the people who were using them…..were wasting time. You know something? It wasn’t that long ago. Maybe it’s still happening now.


I've been in software since 1983 and always was an early adopter, using "stuff" at the bleeding edge of technology. JP is absolutely spot on: at first these new technologies are being ridiculed by "the establishment" - and then they take over the world.
Read the full article on JP's blog.

1 comment:

syvh said...

I'm sure Facebook has some value if you use it in a professional manner, but that's what LinkedIn is for. I think Facebook is a time waster, but if you're bored and you're not ruining your family or personal life with it, it's better than doing drugs. Personally I can - and do - live without it.