Feel like you've crammed a lifetime of tech learning into ten short years?
Fire up that gray matter and remember with me...
1- Remember when your fax machine was busy? Now it’s just bored.
2- Remember when the phone rang and the air burst with lively conversation? Keyboards now click quietly in little office cubes.
3- Remember when we used to have a "live" conversation? Now a simple "yes, go ahead," "no wait…," "OK, go ahead," is pieced together via texts, voice mail, email and a Twitter.
4- Remember when you could use a "white lie" and say you never got the message? Now the sender madly searches digital archives and emails it to you (and sometimes your boss).
5- Remember when you placed mere phone calls to line up a news interview? Recently, I helped set up a TV story with a reporter on Facebook. I found the interviewees via Twitter.
6- Remember when cell phones were just cell phones? In 2000, a new client handed me a digital phone with a large screen and said, "Guess what? You can go online with this. Play with it and tell us what you think." I fell asleep in my hotel room, phone cradled in my arms...not knowing I'd accidentally ordered $250 in software from Amazon.com.
7- Remember when talking to yourself meant something might be wrong with you?
8- Remember the world before PowerPoint? Where do all dead overhead projectors go?
9- Remember when you rarely knew "whatever happened to" all your old friends?
10- And remember when life ran slower, brains were permitted to pause, and private time was a right, not a privilege?