I could still remember the time when we did not have a telephone at home. It was not long ago – just about 8 years back. I did not know the reason why my Dad had not got a phone connection till that time. Our home in Chennai got a telephone for the first time, when I joined BITS. It was just to call me right from home, without having to go around looking for STD booths.
With my mom getting a mobile phone for her last week, we all have a personal mobile phone now. Now I look back at these 8 years and wonder, how networking & communication has changed the world around me.
Today I have a mobile phone, so that I can be contacted at will and I can make a call at a touch of the button. If the recipient is online in GTalk, I do not have to spend money as well. I can call him over the Internet. Also, offline networking has its own share in the present world. There a umpteen number of social networking sites with amazing user interfaces, thanks to Web 2.0. Recently I was introduced to Facebook by some of my friends and found it really great. I do not need to mention about Orkut :). Also, networking has taken a professional direction with sites like Linkedin. I would prefer to call this as a tool to advertise your resume. Flixster – to share the movies you love, Pownce – to send messages to friends and groups, WordPress – to write this post – wow! Tools to create a network around you is enormous and I am still ignorant about a huge lot!
In the competitive world, having a vital network is essential for any professional. I am too eager to see the world 8 years from now and compare that with my home in 1999 without a telephone. That comparison would look awful!