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A Brief History of Skype | TIME.com

A Brief History of Skype | TIME.com | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
Microsoft just bought Skype for $8.5 billion. Not to get too personal, but that's many, many billions more than I make in a year. But unlike buying a human writing machine like yours truly at an affordable price, Microsoft is paying $8.5 billion for something called Skype. Here's what it's getting.
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Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 8:10 AM
In the early 2000's peer to peer websites and programs were starting to gain massive popularity online, these websites allowed users to connect with each other directly and also built its own network stronger the more people who used it. This usually meant that a peer to peer download would run faster the more people who were using the file.
Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 8:13 AM
Skype used this same idea only with voice, and later video, communication. The idea that people could call anyone from anywhere in the world for free was totally new at the time, and the more people who used Skype, the better your connection would become during voice calls, since more people were acting as signal anchor points for your call. What this meant was, if you called your cousin in the next state, if your cousins neighbor was also using skype, your connection would be better, because the signal would be received by two different computers at the same time. This idea is still not widely used, but is a very effective use of data and power, and is one of the reasons why Skype has continued to remain popular, and was purchased by Microsoft in 2010 for $8.5 billion.
Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 8:17 AM
As Skype started to be used more widely it became one of the most reliable ways of talking online. Skype also provided instant messaging chat, along with its voice and eventually video communication. This opened even more options to people who wanted to find a free program for instant messaging, which in the early 2000's was not very common. Skype eventually added file sharing to its program, which boosted its popularity even more when in 2011 Limewire shut down for illegal distribution of software. This combination of applications has kept Skype on top of messaging software for years, and possibly still years to come.
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eBay's History

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Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 7:51 AM
In 1995 Pierre Omidyar opened a website that would drastically change how online shopping was conducted, which at the time, was a very uncommon practice to begin with. The small startup website that would one day become ebay was the brainchild of this man, who coded and launched the website from his living room. As time went on he and his cofounder - Jeff Skoll hired on additional help to keep the website well organized and successful. With the addition of Meg Whitman to the ebay team, the website took off quickly after 1998.
Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 7:54 AM
Originally, ebay was a small website that Omidyar had designed because of his wife's interest in buying collectibles. The website was designed for people to sell collectible items of all kinds, and allow people to bid on them, the highest bidder would win. No website before ebay had been a successful online auction website, and still few do it well today. As the website gained more popularity the developers moved away from selling just collectibles to including all types of items, making the website more appealing to the entire public, rather than a select group. This change lead to ebay's long running success and is the reason for it still being a relevant website to this day, and still the most successful online auction website ever made.
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Bitcoin - Open source P2P money

Bitcoin - Open source P2P money | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
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Brandon Glover's comment, March 4, 2014 8:03 AM
Potentially one of the most jarring changes to ever be produced by the internet is that of Cryptocurrency. BitCoin is leading the way and has become a well known currency format across the entire world. The Cryptocurrency format is the idea of a free form of currency that is universal. While things like the US Dollar are regulated by the government, BitCoins are not, and so the exchange rates fluctuate wildly, allowing for good investment opportunities and no risk of being taxed or confiscated, as no single government, or person for that matter, owns or controls BitCoin. BitCoin has taken off in popularity in the past year, starting at roughly $30 each, and rising to a peak of $1,300 each, and now sitting at a much more stable $500-600. This explosion in price has helped stabilize the currency and ensure that it can compete with physical money while being much safer than carrying cash everywhere. BitCoin is still in its early life, though, along with all forms of Cryptocurrency, but it is very likely one day that currency formats like these will become the standard of payment online, with fewer and fewer businesses accepting physical money.
Brandon Glover's comment, March 5, 2014 7:57 AM
There is controversy in the Cryptocurrency world, as it was rocked by one of the largest hacking scams ever recorded in the history of the internet. In late February of this year the largest BitCoin trading website in the world vanished without a trace. A full week later, the company behind the Mt. Gox trading website admitted that they had been attacked multiple times during that week, losing 850,000 BitCoins, an estimated $460 million calculated at the time of the attack. A day after the website vanished, the price of BitCoins dropped by up to 23%, from over $600 to under $500 each. This crash has made many people weary of BitCoin, and has set back the progress of the newly made currency by up to 10 years in some estimations. When things like this can be prevented, the currency will more than likely take off and become a standard form of payment.
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The Internet: 100 Years From Now - David Vellante - Internet Evolution

The Internet: 100 Years From Now - David Vellante - Internet Evolution | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
Here are some guesses about what the Web will look like 100 years in the future
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Brandon Glover's comment, March 5, 2014 7:51 AM
100 years from now the Internet will be nearly unrecognizable compared to what it currently is. It will contain an estimated 100 trillion times more information than it currently does, and almost every device you own in 2100 will be connected. "Infrastructure" may disappear entirely, and instead be integrated into the human body, to augment our own intelligence and record memories and actions for us, growing the potential of our brains to a level that can't be imagined by todays standards.
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Social Networking ProCon.org

Social Networking ProCon.org | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
Are social networking sites good for society?
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Brandon Glover's comment, February 19, 2014 7:55 AM
Over 25% of Americans get their news through social media. The internet is the fastest way to spread information currently, and hundreds of news sources rely on websites like Facebook or LinkedIn to research about current events. In some cases news spreads faster on the internet than it does by news stations. The mass shooting in Aurora Colorado in 2012 was recorded and posted to youtube before local news crews even showed up to the scene; this kind of speed in reporting has made online news more attractive than television for many people.
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How did eBay start? - About eBay

How did eBay start? - About eBay | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
How did eBay start? A brief history of eBay from San Jose, 1994, to world domination.
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Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 1:03 PM
Ebay was originally called AuctionWeb, and the first item ever sold on it was a broken laser pointer. When the laser pointer sold 7 days later for almost $15, Pierre called the winning bidder to make sure they knew that the laser pointer was broken, and that the item was listed as a test of the website. The reply he got was "I am a collector of broken laser pointers", and from that point he knew that he had made a successful website, because if it had already attracted such a specific buyer, it would easily capture more customers.
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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
As Amazon.com celebrates its 15th anniversary, online retail in the U.S. is enjoying a great boom
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Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 8:02 AM
As of 2010, 150 million people had bought something on Amazon that year; which at the time was about one third of all internet users in the world. Amazon claims to have found its success in trying to normalize the idea of online shopping early on. Many people were unsure of letting their personal information out on the internet, but the Amazon 'One Click Shopping' was one such method of putting the risk out of peoples minds. Making their customers feel more comfortable buying online made them come back and purchase again, feeling safer after having used the website.
Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 8:05 AM
Amazon is also partially responsible for a new pseudo-holiday called Cyber Monday, which was officially first celebrated in 2005; it is the Monday after Thanksgiving, and is the internet's response to Black Friday, where most websites will drastically cut prices to sell massive amounts of product. Amazon was one of the first websites to use this idea to increase their sales, and Cyber Monday has occurred every year since 2005 without fail, gaining more popularity each year.
Brandon Glover's comment, April 4, 2014 1:12 PM
As Amazon continues to grow they have captured deals from higher end dealers, as well as every day goods. In some cases these higher end products can be ridiculously priced, such as the "Zenith Defy Xtreme Tourbillon Men's Automatic Watch", which is priced at over $100,000. It's not the only item over 100 grand on the website either, there are many examples of products that can be found more humorous than legitimate purchases, but never the less, Amazon has attracted the attention of these vendors.
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Is Social Media Helping or Hurting the Economy? - Social Media Club DC

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting the Economy? - Social Media Club DC | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
As a marketer, I have a love-hate relationship with soc […]
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Brandon Glover's comment, March 5, 2014 8:04 AM
Social media has been the center topic of debate in the business world for the last few years. While the idea of boosting sales through the use of social media is common, many businesses seem unable to capitalize on the benefit it can provide. A lot of the failure to reach the target demographic by a company may have to do with not fully understanding social media and using it improperly. While many businesses reach out to customers through online sources, they do not do a good job of selling their product online, and convincing their customers to purchase.
Brandon Glover's comment, March 5, 2014 8:09 AM
Another problem with social media in the economy is that many businesses just don't use it yet. Currently many economists view this as the start of the digital shopping age still, and not everyone is on board yet. The majority of businesses in the United States still do not have an online presence, and as such are not reaching a large number of potential customers. The Regus Survey ( http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-measurement/social-media-roi/ ) reports that every year 9% more businesses than the year before start using the internet to market products, this compounding variable will eventually catch up to the actual number of businesses in the country and at that point almost all sales will be displayed online, and reachable from anywhere in the world. This kind of promise is not far in the future, and seems to be the point in time at which social media will finally affect the economy, and it seems in a positive way.
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Future of the Internet - Future Internet Scenarios | Internet Society

Future of the Internet - Future Internet Scenarios | Internet Society | Aspect 2 & 3: What will the internet be to us in the future? Why is the internet so popular? | Scoop.it
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Brandon Glover's comment, March 4, 2014 7:44 AM
Another idea for what the internet may be in the coming years is the Boutique Networks concept. This idea explains the possibility that the Internet will be used mainly for political reasons, and that it will be divided into sections which will be heavily bias one way or another. All of these sub groups will draw from the available information on the Internet but will not give anything back in the form of progression or information. This idea follows the notion that Internet censorship may be close at hand and that the Internet may no longer be a place for free communication and information gathering.
Brandon Glover's comment, March 4, 2014 7:48 AM
Again, Internet censorship may be an unfortunate outcome in the next few years, the Moats & Drawbridges theory explains that the Internet may become very centralized and be controlled for the most part by large organizations that control what shows up and for who. Start-up businesses would have a hard time making their way online because of copyright claims imposed by large companies, and those large forces that controlled the Internet may censor or totally remove any information about opposition to them, making the Internet a make-shift dictatorship.
Brandon Glover's comment, March 4, 2014 7:52 AM
The Porous Garden effect seems to be one of the more popular and more likely ideas for what the internet may become to us in the near future. While it would become a more centralized and regulated service, new developers could still grow because intellectual rights would be available for purchase by anyone. Networking sites like Facebook would be dissolved in favor of smaller more specific media sources for easier access to the information a person wanted. There may also be grants given to develop new technology that would continue to expand the horizon of the online tech world.