Happy Web 30
As a society, we are capable of seeing how our time spent online is increasing. We are growing with the internet along with our capabilities to track our behavior online. In this article, I’m thanking the internet for sticking around for 30 years leading us to prosperity in thought and progress with life.
We’ve Come A Long Way
Can you believe the internet is 30 years old? Life before that was based on instincts and maneuvers around cultural nuances. A life before Uber, Airbnb, PayPal, Amazon, Facebook, Google, SpaceX, and the iPhone must’ve been interesting. We now live in a sea of algorithms swimming to reach shores that make sense to why advertisements work the way they do. News has been altered, media has changed format, and information spruced up in every corner of our lives. Our phones have become an extension of our bodies. Our data is shared up in the air, stirring our social environment at its core.
How To Design What Matters
In an age where any creation is possible, we have to be extra careful and intensional about we are doing. We are at a time where we can build wireframes to show to a client in less than an hour, we can buy some storage from the clouds and integrate data about users to send them the right campaign just as they pass by their regular Starbucks. We can target any user with push notifications. As we can believe false information and listen to a thousand views shooting like darts from all different angles.
Where Are We Headed?
In 2018, Facebook received a ton of scrutiny around data issues and privacy that seemed into the 2016 United States presidency elections. If this is not scary then what is? When a huge number of people are misinformed due to the content that is seeping through their Facebook newsfeed, then we are in a grave situations. Notorious for their feedback and content sharing, Facebook is being publicly shamed into what mess they’ve made concerning privacy. There is a lot of work to be done. On an individual level, know where you’re giving your information. Don’t share personal information on the telephone, it is common sense but theft identity is in the rise. Try to give to the brands that you enjoy your info if necessary, and don’t fall in the trap of news and misinformation.