We’re twenty-or-so years into this internet thing… All the good domains have been taken and everything has been done already, right?
Kevin Kelly wrote a wonderful piece called “You Are Not Late” in which he puts things into perspective:
In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014. People in the future will look at their holodecks, and wearable virtual reality contact lenses, and downloadable avatars, and AI interfaces, and say, oh, you didn’t really have the internet (or whatever they’ll call it) back then.
This is the bit I really love:
Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something.
I don’t know about you but that gets me excited.