Remember Dial Up? Ya, the Current Mobile Experience Will Seem Like That Shortly.

Yet another Year of Mobile declaration, this time by digital strategist Peter Kim. He makes the point we will look back at this time and laugh at what passed for the mobile experience.

Last night, I was musing about the direction mobile is going and I started thinking about when the internet first started to make penetration into the small enterprise. I was working at a radio station in Kansas City, selling advertising. We were amazed that we could connect with this “interweb” thing that Al Gore invented and send a message to someone. This was, I think, 1995.

I remember getting our first connectable home PC a year or two later, a Compaq, and how we’d dial in to AOL and…wait for it….wait for it….ahhhh….oh, look at all this cool news and these instant emaily-type features. It only took about an hour for a page to load. But, instantly messaging with buddies was so cool.

Five years from now, we’ll laugh at how long it took pages to load on our Safari browser…or that the battery only lasted for three hours…or that there were only 150,000 apps on the app store and that they were so unintelligent that they couldn’t draw from a set of stored personal preferences. What I think we’ll really be amazed at is what passed for entertainment on the phone in “the good old days”. Augmented reality gaming and movies anyone?

2010: The Year of Mobile (Being Peter Kim).


About Scott Cone
A husband to a loving, lovely wife. Father to six great kids and two grand kids. I'm a marketing, advertising and promotion professional with a keen interest in big ideas, all things digital and especially how mobile is changing all aspects of communication and marketing. I play guitar and sing, write music, write screenplays, act, scuba dive, weight lift, ski and enjoy Christian apologetics, logic, evolution versus intelligent design and the basis for morals, values and ethics.

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