Believe it or not Google, YouTube and Facebook are still quite young. Facebook and YouTube haven’t even hit that rebellious, sneak out in the middle of the middle of the night phase, yet.
All kidding aside however, Google was introduced in 1998 and became pretty much the end-all-be-all search engine around 2000. Facebook launched at Harvard in 2004, and as of 2006 anyone over the age of 13 was allowed to create a profile. YouTube was the last, created by three former PayPal employees in 2005 and sold to Google about 18 months later.
To think, these are such a part of our daily lives, it is hard to remember the time when we didn’t use them. As a business tool, we can’t think of why we didn’t have these things sooner (while some of us wonder why we have to have them at all).
Technology has come a long way in the past twenty years. In 1991, Microsoft introduced MS-DOS 5.0, Tim Berners-Lee introduced the web browser and approximately one million computers were online at that time. Google and YouTube were not even an idea yet, Mark Zuckerburg was still learning to read and this is what your digital camera looked like:
Fast forward 15 years and we get the introduction of the “flip camera.” Introduced on May 1st, 2006 as the “Pure Digital Point & Shoot.” A year later it was renamed the Flip and shortly thereafter (September 12, 2007) the Flip Ultra was released and for many years captured 13% of the consumer video market. A few years back, Cisco decided to stop making the flip camera because of the then growing market of cell phone camcorders. The market had also opened up to making the “pro-sumer” or high-end video and photography equipment affordable. We can now get a 24MP DSLR cameras for ~$2K, camcorders capable of broadcast quality productions for ~$2K and professional video editing software for under $500.
Today it is easy for the average Joe to go out spend a couple hundred bucks and become a video blogger, but does that mean he should?
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