Today was day 2 of my second official #30daysofbiking. This time around, I’m doing at least 10 miles a day. With longer rides on the weekend, I’m hoping for about 500 miles or so in the month. We’ll see how it goes. I’m starting stronger than last time by a long shot. Some of those early rides were pretty dire, and the rides the day after that were even more pathetic. But I got through, and I can safely say that I rode more days than I didn’t over the last 6 months or so. That’s got to count for something on the old health-o-meter, right?
As I think back on the previous #30 (which turned into 105), I find myself thinking about the power of the social network. It was a chance encounter with a post by somebody I hadn’t seen since high school that piqued my curiosity and got me back on my bike again for so much of the summer. What a cool coincidence, and what a cool time we live in that this sort of thing can and does happen. Before #30daysofbiking, I didn’t really even follow twitter much, and didn’t really get what the big deal was about. Now I get it.
The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time that this has happened to me. Nearly 5 years ago, I found Crossfit, and I can safely say it’s changed my life for the better. This was an early example of the power of social media and open-source thinking to change lives. I much prefer Crossfit’s approach (free, social, interactive) to Tony Horton’s expensive, overly-produced P90x and their variants.
Think about how you stay informed these days. I still listen to the radio (MPR, contributing member, thankyouverymuch), and I occasionally turn on the TV, but most of my information is delivered to me on my terms, in little previews that I can explore in greater depth if I choose, when it’s convenient for me. I have the whole internet in my pocket *ALL THE TIME.* Such connectivity was science fiction 10 years ago. Now it’s like breathing.
Now that the technology is here, look at how fast we’re learning to use it. Read your facebook feed and see how much news has crept in, and how much other information is improving the signal to noise ratio (provided you are good at hiding apps like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. ) Links to Pandora, news sites, and other media are the next wave of connectedness. Say what you like about Jobs and Zuckerberg and the like, those guys at least have a vision for a future where you can do more and see more and stay more connected with people who matter to you.
Sure, there are problems, and there’s abuse, but that’s nothing new. The Ponzi schemers and patent medicine hucksters from the past are no different than the phishing, 419 scamming scumbags we have to deal with today. Set up a system and a small but visible minority of the population will try to take advantage of it in not-nice ways. Doesn’t mean that the system isn’t worthwhile.
Think about the rate of change in the last 5 years, then think about what’s going to happen to news, marketing, sales, and politics over the next 5 years. What will top Old Spice Guy? You can bet there are legions of very smart people working on that right now.
More importantly, when will we reach the next tipping point, and what will that be? What’s after the iPhone generation?