Using the Internet used to feel so cold and so impersonal. We’d go visit websites and not really know what to expect. The medium was young as a whole, and we as a society didn’t know how to interact or evolve with it. And the Internet remains to be an evolving state. We’re stumbling along, exploring and trying new things. We are constantly standardizing our processes, our interfaces and our interactions.
I am specifically looking for the Internet to become less cold and impersonal, and for it to become more of an extension of myself. I want it to be smart. I want it to know me and know what I like. I am tired of seeing ads for items that don’t interest me. And I am sure companies don’t want to waste their impressions on an unqualified lead. I might be one of the very few people that would dare to say: “I want the Internet to know more about me.”
There are two interesting Internet trends right now that I am excited about seeing continue. I should actually say, they are more like norms and not trends, and I hope they are here to stay. They both make the Internet feel more personal to me, and more like an extension of myself.
Touch and keeping in touch.
As a human being, I want to be able to feel and interact with my surroundings. The standard keyboard and mouse interaction with a computer just doesn’t cut it. Being able to touch my iPhone and swipe my iPad makes using the internet feel good, and feel closer to me.
As a human being, I also want to interact with people that I can’t be physically close to. I want to share with them, see what they are doing and bring them closer to me without having to physically be near them. Social networking is able to do all of that. Social networking brings me great joy as it allows me to connect with everyone I know around the globe.
I came across this video the other day, and it was a perfect reminder of how the Internet is shaping up to be more personal. How do you feel about all of this? Do you want the Internet to get more personal?