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I went online to find a Technology Trend Timeline and couldn’t so I created one in my spare time hoping I could use it to visualize any patterns That turned out to be exactly what happened. Much like looking into a cup of tea leaves in order to divine the future looking at the timeline revealed the peaks and valleys, ebb and flow of innovation. I never liked divination of any kind so Interpretation of this timeline, if any is possible, is strickly up to the vision, insight and interpretation of the viewer.
Wouldn’t it be amazingly ironic if The next big trend turns out to be spotting trends. One can, would and should use WeBots, or whatever but this could actually be the optimum career path for the overly curious. It is hard work. There are Trends within trends, and trends that give way into other trends and trends that lie hidden beneath the surface of other things.
At quick glance on the approaching horizon I see possibilities of Dot Com Bubble 2.0 as companies look to cash in on their Social Media advantages like LinkedIn just accomplished.
Some are saying and truly believe that Chromebooks are an emerging technology trend about to explode upon the scene in the near future.
What is visibly clear is that there are phases of condensed innovation usually led off by an innovation that awakens the competitors and imitators. This pattern has often been repeated and could be considered a template. Some companies are risk adverse and will only step out when others have plowed the ground and prepared a way.
As this is just the first draft of this timeline please check back here for follow up versions with additional trends included on the timeline. Also, If you notice obvious errors or serious omissions please contact me, your help is greatly appreciated.
There have been many laudible attempts to provide top-quality video and online content for “our digital lifestyles”. Most shows in this vein are like “faking freddies” and eventually morph, shift and change focus and direction on a dime following each emerging trend before anyone else can set up to do anything new. They first create a catchy front-end template like “TWIX: This Week in XXX…” and attach or append the name of the next hot button trend to the end. Then like cowboys they doggedly ride the trend down until there’s no more juice left to squeeze out of it. Along the way they don’t really offer anything new or contribute to the long-term growth of the trend, but instead they ride it into the ground till it’s beat down and finally abandoned to the glue factory where trends go to die. Revision 3 however, seems to be different. They dive right into new trends with what seem the best intensions and passion and begin to deliver what seems to be honest attempts to bring expertise and humor to their coverage instead of the usual palette of meaningless two, three or four-person banter and chatter. I usually enjoy Revision 3 shows on my ROKU while designing and computing as I am doing at this very moment.
One emerging trend that is not new but well worth looking at is when companies with big names and hit products or services attempt to leverage their way into new markets. Often they look around to see what’s hot and what new niches they can get into using their clout and market dominance.
Some companies make these transitions effortlessly and others attempt to “force fit” their way into emerging markets.Their need to do any of this often comes from a pressing need to remain competitive or to maintain a strong leadership position in a rapidly changing and evolving marketplace.
These efforts can draw the company’s attention and focus away from their main business and what got them there. This has been the swan song of many once great companies that crashed and burned by bogging themselves down and crippling their primary businesses and ultimately negatively affecting their reputation doing great harm from which most cannot recover. Agile creative companies on the other hand often manage to successfully broaden their business focus without damage and land in markets that extend their brand for decades.
Examples: Apple Computer now seems to be as much a consumer electronics company as a computer company. IBM and Microsoft on the other hand have had rough going in their diversification efforts.
Companies to watch: HP; Dell; AT&T; Google. Meanwhile the trend continues…