A good friend encouraged me the other day with this thought: right now there is a guy somewhere who is toiling away at a job that is uninspiring, at least to him, and he has no idea how he is going to escape. But in a year or two, this same guy will think of an idea that will turn into a business that will make him enough money to do what he likes doing while providing for his family for the rest of his life. He can’t see it now, he can’t even think of an idea close to that idea yet. But he will and his life will change.
Try thinking of things that nobody has yet to think of. It’s hard. Usually, the most creative among us, even the craziest dreamers, can think of something new by imagining new ways to combine existing elements. And that’s usually good enough to really improve upon the status quo.
What new social media vehicles will be used by millions of people in five years, but that haven’t even been thought of by anyone at all yet?
I remember being frustrated by the need to plug electric devices “in” to a wall socket of some sort. It has always bugged me. Then about five years ago I suggested to a pretty smart engineer – albeit, a mechanical engineer and not an ee – that it would be great to have wire-less access to electricity to power our computers, TVs, Bose iPod players, etc. My engineer friend laughed and said that’s impossible, that electricity has to travel over wires, etc. Since I’m not an engineer but a sales & marketing strategist and new product idea generator without the engineering background, I deferred to his “expertise” and let the subject drop. But as many of you know, wire-less electricity has been tested at MIT and they are now working on ways to roll it out for public consumer use. Check this from last year’s Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/132/brilliant.html
So what crazy new media will we be using in five years? Here’s what I’d like to see: a way to just think a thought and have it automatically load into your Twitter client. Any way to make that happen?