If you asked me a decade ago if I was going to jump on the smartphone bandwagon, I would have laughed at you. If you told me I’d be getting most of my news from social media, I would have laughed at you. If you said I’d be getting most of my news from social media via my smartphone, I would have laughed at you.
I was happy as a peach with my flip phone. I wasn’t active on social media. I obtained my news from TV and the newspaper.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly 70% of Americans report that they now get at least some of their news via social media.
In early 2010, I recall attending a professional development session about the future of the news. One of the panelists said that, by 2020, newspapers will need to shift in their way of thinking and use other channels for distribution. At the time, Twitter and Facebook were just beginning to catch on; Instagram was launched. Television and newspapers still dominated.
The other panelist showed an image of what looked like a large iPad. “This is what you will be viewing your news on, interacting with – this is the future of the newspaper,” the panelist said. I was skeptical. But sure enough, Apple came out with the first iPad in April that year.
For our businesses, for ourselves as professionals, we must stay on top of “what’s next” and embrace new technologies.
Today, Google is working to give a personality to its artificial-intelligence helper available on smartphones and smart speakers. The market for smart home devices is increasing by leaps and bounds. And it’s estimated that video will soon account for 80 percent of internet traffic.
What, I wonder, will these developments bring ten years from now?