By now, we all know about our right to make a phone call when being arrested.
That phone call usually is placed from a pay phone (soon to be a museum piece).
Skype has been down (and slowly back up to full speed), and 26 million users worldwide felt the pinch.
VoIP. Conversation chopped into tiny pieces to be reassembled at the other end (with some help from the listeners to “guess” and fill in the gaps).
The process is called quantization which creates a digital graph of an otherwise analog waves used in landline telephony.
Skype helped sell a bunch of headsets for sure.
And it has been disruptive to incumbent Penny-talk services (Skype could be called Zero-cent talk).
With Facebook founder visiting China, we can expect more E commerce apps. How about Facetalk, with caller’s profile and friending list.
People communicate in whatever way they deem convenient.
Skype and Twitter just happened to be King of the Hill at the moment.
Until the next innovation comes along. No wonder there are titles such as “First, break all the rules”. Who would have thought that which was intended for Data transmission (Internet protocol) can be used for voice and video. Even Google which already “got it” more than Microsoft, seemed to have missed the boat when it comes to Web 2.0. If only they paid attention to the human side of users, who are made up to be social animals (hence, the rise of home networking, which caught the attention of Cisco, now Linksys-Cisco).
Sometimes, the market trickles down (IBM mainframe to Texas Instrument, to Xerox then Atari/Apple computers). Other times, it’s the reverse (Social Media and Mobile apps for the work place, business casual attire etc..).
Whatever the case, I admire the distribution channel: they always make sure we have new stuffs to buy for Christmas e.g. Susan Boyle CD, Wall Street DVD (first, it cheated investors out of their money, then the fictional film version is taking Main Street pocket change), Ipad and Blu-Ray. It’s not a new century at all. It just happens to be the most crowded one. Translation: lots of gift wrapping: toys for tots, text for teens. Skype for all..