Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I've often thought that at some point in the not so distant future we'll find ourselves looking back on our current internet usage with a sense of wonder at all the bandwidth at our disposal. "Remember when," I can almost hear us saying, "we didn't think twice about downloading some random YouTube video and sending it around, just because it was kind of funny?" That day might be sooner than we realize.
We're still operating under the assumptions of the bandwidth glut of the overbuilt dotcom bubble. Which is one of the reasons that the business models for sites like YouTube and Flickr, to say nothing about file sharing sites, make sense. What they'll look like once bandwidth limits are the norm, though, I'm not so sure.