I am very interested in how you monetise online activity. Of course I am. So are most other people of working age at the moment.
I think that online will drive the world of the future, it will be the norm and offline will be a welcome relief and have an elevated position. So in the future, online conferences will be the norm and the great real world conferences will be the aspirational environments. As long as they are TED like in quality and not mediocre of course.
Real world experiences like wind surfing, driving and walking will continue to be part of our world- experience born out of necessity, desire or both. Many people will stay 'real-worlders' and there will be 'real-world movements'. Our current world experience will turn upside down. Parents will tell their children of times before phones, email and the internet as every generation has done before in its own way.
Back to money and the internet. I have recently signed up for The Third Tribe and Chris Guillebeau's online business guides. I have put my money where my mouth is. These are not cheap and they're not expensive, except in the face of 'free'. As a marketing person I want to understand how these monetised systems work and to be part of something new. I blog, am linked in, on facebook, twitter, on triiibes and other ning style networks and will continually play at the new world. I have an iPhone and buy iTunes and apps. I join in online conversations and Skype with people I have never met from countries I have never visited.
I will be buying an iPad soon. Why? Because it's about to change us again. Murdoch wants us to pay for his content. The Times is going iPad. I want to see what they can do with news online in this format. I want to see what it feels like to read a book in this format. I may love it, I may not, but I will have a point of view. That's what is important to me. I am not following or leading. I am discovering.
I am going to the London Linchpin Meet Up in June with over 100 other people that may be similar to me and yet, I hope, still with a unique finger print and experience.
New age is here. I am discovering it, following, leading, discovering. I urge you to paddle at the edges, even if you don't want to get on a board and ride the waves...yet.