In 2001, the "it" thing to do was to have the smallest Nokia cellphone. Today, it's to have the latest smartphone with the largest screen.
We were still on dial-up. Downloading a 5MB document (or, let's be honest here, mp3) took more than 15 minutes. Today, that will take only a few seconds at 3 mbps internet speed. But, 3 mbps is already pretty slow today. Even here in the Philippines.
CD players were still common. The iPod would just be released in October of that year. But, it would take few more years before our country caught on. (I even saw someone listening to music using a CD player in 2005! And I still wanted one that year as well!)
We were still playing games in the PlayStation One. Now, even our mobile games have better graphics than the games in the PSOne. I still can't believe it.
But, the biggest change brought upon by technology was how it created opportunities for those who were willing to create (and to work hard).
In the music industry, the goal of every musician back then was to land a deal with record companies. After all, the record companies were the gatekeepers. But now, the gatekeepers have lost their hold on the industry. More and more musicians are entertaining their fans (and making a living) on YouTube and/or SoundCloud. They are distributing their music on iTunes and/or Spotify.
Writers who want to make a living are no longer limited to newspapers and big publications. They can start their own blogs or find niches in other larger websites (that are still smaller than big publishers).
Anyone can use their skills to help clients from anywhere in the world and get paid.
Technology changed the rules of the game and it opened up tremendous opportunities for those who are willing to change with it.
I'm excited to look back on this post five or ten years from now to see how much further the rules will have changed (and whether or not I will have changed with it).
Isn't it exciting?