This ’30 big ideas, trends, and predictions for 2012′ article actually gave me an insight that internet could not be apart from our daily life. Living without internet can be said as living without air, especially in developed countries like United States. Unfortunately, in this country, get an internet connection is not as easy as in those developed countries. Although everyone–from different segments and classes–seems to afford smartphones and tablets (since there are so many inexpensive China brands imported here), there are too many problems with the unstable connection, thus people here do not really get reliable with the internet. Some people even (pathetically) ONLY use their smartphone for their narcism routine in social media. Well, what is the definition of ‘smartphone’ actually? According to Oxford Dictionary, smartphone is a mobile phone that is able to perform many of the functions of a computer, typically having a relatively large screen and an operating system capable of running general-purpose applications. Why would everyone spend a big amount of money ONLY for the narcism purpose, while a smartphone actually can make everyone’s life easier? Once it has to be for job purpose, everyone will ask the reliability of internet connection. “Let us have a meeting via Skype” “No way, direct meeting is so much better”. If people really think that way, then everyone shall put their so called smartphones off and go back to the times where pagers was in. Well, those so called smartphones were invented to make daily life (especially business things) easier to do. Meanwhile, people from other countries do really depend on the internet for important jobs, such as hiring, insurance, data storage, and partnerships. Technology has been very complex, even the mighty voice recognition has been just an ordinary invention that beaten by the touch/gesture recognition. Want to know the title of a song in radio? Just simply click ‘Shazam’. Want to make reservation of restaurants? People can easily use the voice command application in their smartphones. Want to know much about a person before hiring him into the company? Just simply check his social media, or maybe just google his full name. Want to buy anything? People can go online shopping! The internet and IT technology today is just too awesome that actually we can really do almost everything through the internet. Why don’t we? If we talk about risks, actually risks will take part everytime and everywhere, not only in internet. In addition, the security of internet connection today has been much improved.
Last but not least, there is a quotation that I could not agree more at the end of the article:
“By the end of 2012, making a website will not be something you pay thousands of dollars for, it will be something you create and maintain yourself. As a result, the small businesses that do not currently have a website will be able to get online. Those businesses that do have websites will be able to develop something modern that attracts clients, works with search engines, and helps build their business” – David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly.com
Yes, this part was really happen in Indonesia. Just look at instagram and we will find excessive amounts of the so called #onlineshopindo; since instagram is a free, very instant platform. They can have their products published without having to create complex codes and pay for the website domain. No android or iOs devices? Well, as the Blackberry devices start to lowering their prices to reach the low-middle end, everyone can easily have the ‘Blackberry Group’ as their online shop. It is much as easy as instagram, everyone can see and give comment for the photo of the product there. Those are just a very few examples of internet advantages, we can find so much more as the technology is going to get more complex. So, as many people can make money through the internet, why do not we start to?