For many years there has been as much excitement as frustration with the world wide web. Personally, I have remained an optimist while realizing the problems and difficulties that many have complained about. The dial up vs. high speed access, slow to load websites, incompatible programs, patches and updates, viruses, trojans, worms and popups, highjacked home pages, spam- the list is long.
Technology and the internet is constantly evolving and in my humble opinion, continues to improve with the talents of the developers, businesses and the people that contribute to it. Communication on every level - is instant if you want it to be. Our world can be as large or as small as we want it to be with just a few clicks of the mouse. Almost anything that we can imagine for entertainment, commerce, or education is available on the internet.
There will still be times that the technology does not work perfectly, but compared to where things were just a year or two ago, computers, the internet, and technology in general have come a long way. Will the frustrations go away? Some might, but other challenges (ones that we cannot imagine) like security and identity theft and others will take their place. Things that we cannot even imagine today will be changing our lives. I have hope that the next 5 years will bring changes that are as exciting as the web 2.0 tools that we are using today. I am looking forward to it.