I was watching my son play his new game, Ace Combat 6, from Gamefly. As he played, little messages would pop up in the right hand corner letting him know a friend was online or another friend had just sent him a message. I asked him if they were all friends from school or guys he met while playing Halo online. He said it was a mix.
It dawned on me that this is his social network. Instead of using Twitter or Facebook to hook up with friends, he uses Xbox 360. He has friends from all over and they all “meet up” to play Halo or any other game.
He uses his Xbox as a social object, too. Besides belong to a gaming club at school, he uses it as an ice-breaker of sorts with kids he meets at swim meets or other places. It doesn’t take long for him and other 12- and 13-year-olds to engross themselves in discussions about everything xbox. They then exchange handles before they leave in order to meet later online.
Gary V talked yesterday (he’s on fire right now, by the way) about how we are in the early hip hop stage of the Tech movement. He’s right. As we move along it is going to be less “separated,” accessed only through a computer or handheld device, and more embedded as things like televisions or refridgerators or picture frames get connected to the internet. I can see one day, uploading pictures straight from your camera to a digital frame that has a wireless modem built in that would allow you to share them straight from the frame. No logging on to a laptop or desktop or to Flickr or Photobucket required. Who knows how we’ll all be connected in ten or fifteen years. What we are doing now will look as archaic as talking on rotary dial phones do now.
Just my humble opinion on a Wednesday morning.