This weekend, my husband and I were at the Gas Station and I was freezing to death. To keep me entertained he came up with a discussion - "Baby, what do you think are the technological advancements of recent times that have changed our lives?" ... Me all forgotten about the cold started thinking ... and together we came up with the list of things that have so greatly influenced our lives [at least in US].This post is a result of that brainstorming discussion and written by my Fabulous Husband!
Top 10 things ... that have changed the way we do things [in the last decade or so]
1. Google – Well where would we all be without Google, today? Although established in 1997 with some other search engines starting as early as 1993 (go on.. google it :P), the last decade has seen sort of a Google explosion. Google has really revolutionized the information search on the internet with its features such as Google Images, Google Scholars, Google Shopping, Google Maps, and Google Earth to name a few. Google is one-stop for everyone from a stalker to a nerd with almost everyone having a 'Google' homepage.
2. Netflix – If ‘video killed the radio star’, then Netflix has most certainly led to the demise of Blockbuster [well almost]. The idea of mailing movies at a predetermined monthly cost and no late fees is just brilliant. Estd. in 1999, the Netflix has made movie watching much more economical and fun. Their ‘Watch Instantly’ feature has most certainly contributed to the couch potato syndrome [in a good way]!
3. iPod – Steve Jobs introduced The iPod in his key note speech in 2001 as a ‘quantum leap in listening to music’. Since then, iPod has undoubtedly changed the way we listen, feel, carry, and emote to music with its iPod family (iPod, iPod Nano, iShuffle, and iTouch) of devices. iPod not only reestablished Apple as the leading tech company but it proved yet again the visionary power of Mr. Jobs to the world. And, let us not forget the thousands of small businesses that are thriving on the sales of iPod related accessories.
4. iPhone – If iPod reformed the music industry then iPhone most certainly modernized the mobile phone market in 2007. All of a sudden everyone wanted an iPhone. The lines outside Apple store resembled that of people waiting to buy tickets for a U2 concert. Major cell phone companies such as Motorola, HTC, LG, and Nokia were forced to redesign their future lines. Post iPhone era, a phone is just not a talking device but a true communication device where you can chat, video chat, read books, take pictures, make and send videos, and just about everything.
5. YouTube – As they say, mother is the invention of all necessity..or something like that :P. But the point is that a simple need to simply share a video with friends let to this third most visited web site of today. Whether its watching our favorite sitcom or a soundtrack or the first video titled Me at the zoo or the most viral video of all times - Charlie bit my finger, You and I, we have all been to YouTube. And, to truly understand the life changing impact that YouTube can have on someone just ask Justin Bieber or his millions of fans.
6. Digital Camera – Although digi cams were developed way back in 1970’s but they are listed here for the simple reason that it was only in 2000’s when they became truly affordable and hence entered the mainstream. After the introduction of digital cameras, photography has revamped from the cumbersome developing techniques to simple uploading and downloading steps. It also broke the stereotype associated with Japanese and cameras - Firstly because everyone is carrying one and secondly because the Japanese could now keep the camera in their pockets rather than hanging it around their neck [just kidding (Husband) ...not really (Tanvi) :P].
7. Expedia – Developed in 1995 but came into prominence in late nineties, Expedia changed the way we travel. Now you can plan a perfect holiday [as Mrs Fab. so often does] from booking your flights to making a spa appointment at the destination city, all while sitting in the luxury of your living room. Technology at it's best!
8. Wii – Wii did to the gaming industry in 2006 what iPhones later did to the mobile phones. Video games were not just a nerd thing anymore. Wii led to family style entertainment using the remote with sensor bars. Soon people were having tennis and boxing tournaments in their living rooms while Wii Fit made exercising in front of the TV a lot more fun.
9. Twitter – It is truly said that ‘less is more’. With only 140 characters allowed per tweet, it has become the greatest ranting site ever since 2006. Additionally, Twitter has given a new meaning to fan following. Anybody who is 'somebody' needs to have a twitter account! The popularity of a celebrity can now truly be gauged based on their number of followers. Whether you have something funny, philosophical or borderline embarrassing - tweet it. I think the 140 character limit is purposefully done to avoid drunk tweeting [;-)].
10. Facebook – Ladies and gentleman, I have saved the best for the last. Facebook = Best ... Why?? Well, read on! First the statistics. This has truly been the year of Facebook, with the release of The Social Network, and Facebook reaching the 500 million landmark, and most recently Marc Zuckerberg being named as the Times person of the year... But ... it is best because way back in April 2007, Facebook acted as the initial love platform for our love story. For those interested, here's our love story in 140 characters (just like the Twitter way!)
Boy stalks girl for 3 months. Contacts her on Facebook. Makes it look like an accident. They chat & fall in love, & live happily everafter.
For those who only come here for the pictures, this is what I wore on Sunday!
Dress - Francesca's [09']; Shoes - Jessica Simpson [09']
Necklace - Gift [Mom 10']