Mark Cuban last week said the internet is dead and boring. Well the internet has been dead and boring for anyone who mostly uses it for email and identifying press mentions, as Mark Cuban admittedly does, for some time.
However for the other 500 million + bozos who keep believing in all the wires and cables connecting folks on the "internets" I have some good news. My humble opinion predicts that its just the beginning and no matter how many times the internet takes a punch, it's as likely to die as _________ (insert something that never should die, like superman, integrity or a cat before it dies 9 times).
The internet is the most accurate assessment of human behavior in many respects. As I've said before you are more likely to admit something to the google search box than your best friend or psychiatrist. In most instances you are more likely to social network flirt than flirt at your local library or office water break area. Now it's just a matter of not only creating more cool applications to enable people to easily and effortlessly engage with the net but figuring out who exactly is saying what.
Which demographic/psychographic groups are participating and engaging with my website, application or industry online? What does this tell me about my website but what does it also tell me about online behavior and humanity as a whole? Yes it will tell us better than anything else where we are as a species and the progress of its evolution.
Are we not programmed completely for advancement and accelerated evolution? Are not all of our sustained endorphin firings rooted by some innate desire to transform and be confronted by new and more stimulating challenges that are relevant to our new found evolved state?
Well the internet is not dead and boring because it has the unparalleled ability to accelerate this process and inform us of it's progress in real time. And in the example of Mark Cuban, it makes us all aware much more quickly who is in fact dead and boring.