What will the Internet be like two years from now?

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My 32 year old son in in South Korea teaching. I had a long discussion with him last night via skype. WE were talking about me wanting to do an ebook or two and use a forum I will own to help advertise as well as clickbank.

He is telling me that two years from now that there will be so much free info available online that it will be very hard to sell info. His best advice to me would be to create value to give to customers first and foremost of which I totally agree with. Then sell them a service (not info) relating to.

I value his opinion. He held a 4.0 most the way thru college and graduated with a 3.8. 3 years or so ago he told me that blogging will be the next big thing online. Well we all now know.

2 years from now what do you think that the internet will evolve to?
Will we still be able to sell info?
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Mobile.... text messaging... RSS feeds...

    In a few years, the WWW that we know will be a very different place. I already see a lot of site abandonment because people just don't "surf" as much anymore.

    Dell isn't even making as many desktops anymore because the actual "computers" that people want are laptops and netbooks.

    As a "client", the browser is actually a limitation in many respects.

    People just want the information. They don't care about the webpage design or the logo. They want the info, which can be stripped down to next to nothing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amitywill
      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Mobile.... text messaging... RSS feeds...

      In a few years, the WWW that we know will be a very different place. I already see a lot of site abandonment because people just don't "surf" as much anymore.

      Dell isn't even making as many desktops anymore because the actual "computers" that people want are laptops and netbooks.

      As a "client", the browser is actually a limitation in many respects.

      People just want the information. They don't care about the webpage design or the logo. They want the info, which can be stripped down to next to nothing.
      I'd have to disagree with this. The way you're putting it it sounds like
      the internet will be the same as it was in 1990. I.e. basic web pages
      with just text on them which is not what most people want.

      People want to visit a site that looks good clean and pleasing to the
      eye. They want branding and logos that they can trust. They want
      flashy sites that excites them and gives them the information they
      want.

      And you say that forums are on their last legs. I couldn't DISAGREE
      more! Forums are a community, and people want to be part of a community
      where they can talk about their passion and get the information they need
      from other like minded people.

      Are you saying that the Warrior Forum or the countless other forums
      out there with hundreds of thousands of members are going to be empty
      in 2 years time?

      As to exactly what the internet will be like in 2 years time you'll
      have to ask the guy with the time machine but IMO it wont be
      that different.

      Will
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      • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
        Originally Posted by Amitywill View Post

        I'd have to disagree with this. The way you're putting it it sounds like
        the internet will be the same as it was in 1990. I.e. basic web pages
        with just text on them which is not what most people want.

        People want to visit a site that looks good clean and pleasing to the
        eye. They want branding and logos that they can trust. They want
        flashy sites that excites them and gives them the information they
        want.

        As to exactly what the internet will be like in 2 years time you'll
        have to ask the guy with the time machine but IMO it wont be
        that different.

        Will
        No, I think the WWW and webpages will look similar from a visual standpoint. It will be far less utilized in the same way that it has in the past 15 years.

        The "internet" is far more than HTTP protocol and web pages served up in a browser.
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Also I think that it will be better for longevity of your site. I want to get this IM stuff off to a good start that will be here and still making $ 2-3 years from now.

    So MichaelHiles. So would you say that a no bling bling and clean simple strategy for a forum that has good free info will be the right strategy?
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    eh... forums are really on their last legs.

    They were great as the first "social media" sites that provided an aggregation point for shared interest interactions. I mean... before there was http: there was nntp: and before then, there were things like BBS systems, etc...

    All of these "chat" venues are good, but the technology platform continues to evolve and shift.

    It's not all going to die tomorrow. Great fortunes can be made on the backside of any technology curve. But the future is pretty clear.

    Heck, even Leo Laporte is pushing Twit.Tv, his own show network.
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    • Profile picture of the author rondo
      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      eh... forums are really on their last legs.
      I think forums like this one are still the best platform for 'social media' ie group conversation.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    There will always be need of information products and people will continue to sell them for many many years from now. The reason being is that technology continues to grow and guess what ... with technology come the need for information to understand that technology, harness that technology, create new stream or methods of income from that technology.

    So you see someone will always need info on this. Sure you can scour google and many other search/info sites and get most of this info (you can do that now) but the fact is people want that info now and not spend 2 weeks trying to research it.

    Problems will always exist as nothing will ever be perfect and as such solutions will always be in demand..

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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I think it might be called "Google Net" then...depending how successful Google OS will be...
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  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    In a few years, your walls will be your television which will be seamless with the internet and it will be voice activated. Interactive videos will rule the day.

    That's how it looks thru my looking glass.
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    I have a customer that has been with " Reach Local "for a few years now and she is telling me that 2 years from now that Google generics will be totally different from what we know because of all the larger players getting in the game.

    Info is info and that is what the internet is all about. We also have to factor in all of the other countries that were a little slow getting on board and the different cultures.

    No one has a crystal ball but I would really like to come back to this thread 2 years from now to see if anyone was even close to the changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    It won't be much different.

    You could have said the same thing 10 years ago and been right - but here we are.

    I started IM 10 years ago and the info increase just makes things different - doesn't mean you can't still sell information.
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  • Profile picture of the author meldave
    I agree with winebuddy that it will be alot of interactive video.

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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Look how long the WF forum has been around.
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    • Profile picture of the author VinnyBock
      I also would have to disagree about the info products. You can find free information about any subject now, yet info products still sell well...

      The old saying "you get what you pay for" will always be true...
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  • Profile picture of the author Gee S
    This is how I see it...

    There will be more ways to make money, more confused newbies starting out, more money be spent on info products purchased by confused newbies. People forgetting the old ways of making money online and always looking for the new trend (although that doesn't mean old ways are not profitable in the future). More Guru's selling half of a method in order to bring out Version 2 of that product to make even more money and so on. So all in all pretty much the same except on a larger scale, and different information.

    Gurpreet
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    One of the main technology changes predicted for the next few years is the growth of touch screen navigation, ie no mouse. That should be interesting.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      It will be called "HAL"

      Seriously, I totally disagree with your son on this statement:

      He is telling me that two years from now that there will be so much free info available online that it will be very hard to sell info. His best advice to me would be to create value to give to customers first and foremost of which I totally agree with. Then sell them a service (not info) relating to.
      There has always been a ton of free info on the Internet. It started off with lots of free info. What customers pay you for is taking that info and packaging it up nicely for them. Your customers don't want to spend weeks sifting the wheat from the chaff. They want the info they need, laid out in a logical manner, with all the steps illustrated for them.


      As for how will the Internet look in 2 years: More and more video.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        It will be called "HAL"

        Seriously, I totally disagree with your son on this statement:



        There has always been a ton of free info on the Internet. It started off with lots of free info. What customers pay you for is taking that info and packaging it up nicely for them. Your customers don't want to spend weeks sifting the wheat from the chaff. They want the info they need, laid out in a logical manner, with all the steps illustrated for them.


        As for how will the Internet look in 2 years: More and more video.
        Exactly. When you sell someone an info product, you're not packaging it as just "information", you're packaging it as a solution to their problem. That's what allows you to differentiate your product from all the other free information available on the subject.

        For example if someone wants to learn guitar tablature, they can search Google and find tons of information on the subject, but what that person REALLY wants is to learn how to master guitar, and probably as quickly and easily as possible. If you offer a product that says it can do that, they'll be interested. It's all in the way your product is presented, and getting your offer in front of the right people at the right time.

        One of the first sales I ever made online was for a product that has tons of free alternatives available. Despite that, people still purchased it. Most of us have bought internet marketing products that contain the same information you can find with search engines and on this very forum.
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        • Profile picture of the author deckman
          Hesaidblissfully, that is very well put. I like how you packaged what this thread is about.
          Where can I buy the ebook ? LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I believe a lot of websites (and consequently advertising) will be built specifically for the Smartphones, which are getting bigger and more sophisticated by the month. This is probably the reason why Google just recently bought out Admob (primarily an iPhone and cellphone specific advertising platform) - remember the time when Google bought Youtube and people thought they were crazy??

    People will always be willing to pay for information, as long as it is specific and targeted. While you can pull up pages and pages of information on just about any topic out there, if you're looking for specific information that solves and addresses a certain issue that you have, would you really trust what's out there on any random webpage? Webpages are so easy to put up these days (especially blogs), so I think people are going to become more aware of this fact. Even given the fact that you could possibly find a free solution to all your problems, would you really want to spend (and waste) hours and hours of your time searching for what is applicable to you? Time is money after all, and people will always be willing to pay for specific, timely and relevant information.

    What will also always be in demand is coaching programs. People have always been willing to pay vast amounts of money to be mentored by people who have achieved what they want - this is the fastest road to success and no one will ever dispute this fact. With the advent of a much faster internet and web collaboration technologies, this is one area where I see a lot of growth happening, especially in countries where the internet is still fairly primitive.

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Alton Hargrave
      Cell phones will unfold to about 12 inches wide to accommodate the larger screens. Consequently, our computers will have shrunk to about 4 inches in width in a mad race to make them more portable. We will wear special goggles to make the screen seem larger and cut down on eye strain. The biggest change will be the lack of wires on the back of our desktop computers. We will be almost totally wireless by then.

      No one will be far from the Internet. Everywhere we go, the Internet will be there. Just like Big Brother from George Orwell's novel, 1984. No privacy, no secrets, no sneaking around. As the children say, "Santa Claus knows when you been good or bad. So...be good for goodness sake." "You better watch out, you better not shout..." Oh well, you get the message.

      Whether technology needs a changin or not, it is determined to do for no other reason than the fact that the seller needs something new for the buyer to buy each year.

      Things have really changed in the last 50 years. When I was a little one, we got about 15 minutes of news 3 times a day whether we needed it or not. Plus 3 minutes of sprorts and about 2 minutes of weather. We really had no idea what was happening in the world. I don't think we cared. We assumed that our leaders were working really hard and doing an honest job. At least, we assumed so, until 24 hour cable news came along and then we were burdened with the knowledge that our leaders not only led, but somehow found the time to do the things that often fill the news today, such as hiking the Appalachian Trail or flying about the land in great planes looking worldly when the need arises.

      What will the Internet look like in two years? How do I know?
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Alton,

    You sound like my dad. The only difference is he seems to fear the internet. Partly because he dosent know his way around and has nobody there to help him navigate around. He needs to hurry up though. It is evolving so fast that the longer he waits the harder it will be for him to catch on.

    BTW how is it down there in southeast Texas?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alton Hargrave
      Originally Posted by deckman View Post

      Alton,

      You sound like my dad. The only difference is he seems to fear the internet. Partly because he dosent know his way around and has nobody there to help him navigate around. He needs to hurry up though. It is evolving so fast that the longer he waits the harder it will be for him to catch on.

      BTW how is it down there in southeast Texas?
      I think a lot of folks fear the Internet. Particularly, I meet plenty of people that are afraid to purchase something from online. They say they are afraid they might lose their money or get cheated. I always point out that that can happen when you walk into a grocery store or car dealership. And, that I have had really good experiences with almost everything I have bought online.

      Sometimes, the only way to allay our fears is to face them. Maybe, you could get your dad to go ahead and purchase something online and see how well it usually goes?

      I remember the first computer we bought, back in 1993. We subscribed to Internet service although we really did not know what the Internet was. We fiddled around with the computer, tried to figger out what a "browser" was and what was the Internet.

      I recollect asking my wife, "Are we on the Internet now?" We didn't know what it was or how to tell if we were on it.

      We are on it now, aint we?

      What is is like in southeast Texas this morning? It looks like it is gonna rain!
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I think the real question is, how hard will it be to make money in two years >

    The Internet's going to keep evolving for as long as it's around (I don't see it dying any time soon). Older, weaker methods die and new ones evolve. This is why it pays to have multiple income streams... there are so many methods out there, and when you're constantly learning and refining your skills, your mind stays sharp and your well never runs dry.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    I see a shift away from just websites towards online applications - not just the Apps that you can run on an iPhone but applications that may also run on the desktop without a browser or on other portable devices.

    Not to say that browsers will die out - they will still be the way most people get their online information.

    In the long run (beyond two years) the continued melding of the Internet and traditional media (i.e. radio & TV) will make it difficult to define what the "Internet" actually is. Be prepared to have your websites viewed on 58 inch widescreen monitors (and on 1 inch screens).

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Og Mandino
    I'll back and read this.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    It will not be much different. Mobile, RSS etc has been around for ages now, yet people still want nicely-rendered sites full of info and ways to interact.

    None of that will change.

    Joe public is different to people like us who spend their lives online. They want the gloss, not stripped down info snippets.

    It can only move as fast as the people online. Millions of newcomers arrive online every year, all are hungry, all have no idea what they are doing.

    So in two years the net will look exactly the same as it does now to joe public. How much Google and Bing change it behind the scenes for us online obsessives is a different matter however.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    INFORMATION will always sell, because 98.6% (a made up stat) of the information freely available on the Internet is rehashed, or only goes to a certain level of sophistication and detail.

    When you buy something, you are ultimately leveraging your MONEY for TIME. Maybe you could get all the information you want after searching the Internet for days on end... but you could leverage your money and buy a $47 product which presents you with all that information (and more) in one ebook... saving you lots of TIME.

    Also, the more proprietary information you have, the better. A good example is Rupert Murdoch, who wants to charge people to read his news properties online. I predict that most people will read the news elsewhere instead - because general news isn't necessarily unique. It's not proprietary.

    However, if you have the results of 100 split tests that give marketers an indication of what works best in the context of squeeze pages... that IS proprietary.... and people might pay good money to see it
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by deckman View Post

    2 years from now what do you think that the internet will evolve to?
    Will we still be able to sell info?
    Some numbers to chew...

    World Population: 6,767,805,208

    Internet users: 1,733,993,741

    Penetration: 25.6 %

    Growth 2000-2009: 380.3 %

    (September 30, 2009)

    We have only begun to scratch the surface of what's possible.

    As rate of technology adoption accelerates, and a HUGE number of
    new users hop aboard the Web, there is only one prediction that
    has a very slim chance of being ABSOLUTELY CORRECT... and it's
    this:

    The Only Constant Is CHANGE!

    Take that for what it's worth!


    All success
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  • Profile picture of the author sande
    Information on how to lose weight has been there for as long as you can remember but still new books are being written and will be written. Information is power and you can package some free information and give it an appealing look and people will buy. I will buy. You can have one thousand blog posts and if you package it in a book and convince someone that instead of browsing they can get it in one package they will buy. I will buy.
    This is exactly what the guy in problogger did.
    There will be free information yeas but we may pay on different ways to download it. KINDLE.
    All the best to all IM
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by deckman View Post

    My 32 year old son in in South Korea teaching. I had a long discussion with him last night via skype. WE were talking about me wanting to do an ebook or two and use a forum I will own to help advertise as well as clickbank.

    He is telling me that two years from now that there will be so much free info available online that it will be very hard to sell info. His best advice to me would be to create value to give to customers first and foremost of which I totally agree with. Then sell them a service (not info) relating to.

    I value his opinion. He held a 4.0 most the way thru college and graduated with a 3.8. 3 years or so ago he told me that blogging will be the next big thing online. Well we all now know.

    2 years from now what do you think that the internet will evolve to?
    Will we still be able to sell info?
    Research firms, such as Jupiter, disagree with your son. Online sales are only going to increase. Sorry, but academic excellence and marketing acumen do not always go hand in hand. It's going to be EASIER to sell things in two years because there will be more channels of distribution and technology is making easier to reach our target audiences.

    Rod
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      In two years, I'll be able to get Tequila and Senoritas delivered directly to me via a new matter transportation device.
      Ah, but will the nachos transport without the cheese gumming up the machine?
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      • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Ah, but will the nachos transport without the cheese gumming up the machine?

        I disagree with transporting cheese entirely.

        Just use the replicator by inserting capsules of base periodic elements and they will be recombined on demand. No need to move the cheese matter from one location to another.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        Ah, but will the nachos transport without the cheese gumming up the machine?
        I dunno, l need to think about that one (you nut!).
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        • Profile picture of the author zmonique2007
          Two years from now, I think there is no big difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    there is already a lot of information on the internet.

    as mentioned above, people would rather pay than to spend a long time researching themselves.

    what stops people just growing their vegetables in their back garden instead of going to a supermarket (etc.)

    just a thought.

    Simon
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  • Profile picture of the author alfredwinston
    Within a few years, there will be broadband well above 100MB in performance - and distribution distinctions between TV, radio and the web will go away.
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