What comes beyond Twitter? What are web designers thinking up right now as I write this? I recently saw an interview on the Colbert Report with Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and he said something to the effect of, “The messaging system we didn’t know we needed until we had it.” But this statement speaks volumes in dealing with start up sites. The dynamic of allowing the individual to make as much noise as they want to, within the structured confines of a larger community or group of followers. Facebook has this same app. on their site which allows users to constantly update their status and allows their friends slices of info. to compare and contrast with past “tweets”, in order to round off the personality we knew before signing up for such and such a service.
I think the next application will be even more instantaneous. No words, just pictures. We’ll all have minuscule cameras implanted into one of our retina’s and up to date pictures could be taken at will. The tech. may be a few years off, but stay with me. After it was installed into the user, it would work like this. The user would simply look at something, hold their eye closed for 5 seconds and the image would be automatically transmitted wirelessly to a specific site much like twitter. No USB cables, all done through the air. I think nanotechnology may be the answer for an application like this.
But can we imagine a society where everyone is inherently carrying around a camera with them? Would this entirely erase privacy? Then you would have a hierarchical breakdown of who in any given room had the money for one of these devices and what there intentions were with them? Besides the moral issues, this kind of chronicling could be a lot closer then we imagine.
Twitter is based off of quick text based streams of info. Isn’t it logical to imagine photography to be next? Of course cell phones exist, but their too much like actual cameras, as you must position the picture, and open whatever service to send the picture. This is sci-fi in some ways as it’s all about fusing man with technology. But as laptops and other devices become smaller, again logic would say that complete integration with the human body would make sense. And of course these technologies are appealing because they’re so inventive and “progressive” but they really make us more predictable as a species. The freedom of expression may seem real, but it’s kind of the opposite in a way. If everyone walked around, able to quickly upload photos of anything, without the other person knowing, how would this affect personal relations?