Thinking back, the memory of using the Yellow Pages to find information seems crazy. Every time you wanted a number, you had to grab these huge books and search through them. You could only access numbers from your own city. There was no way to ascertain anything about the quality of the company – all you got was the information that the company chose to provide.
Companies, that wanted to be found, had little choice but to participate – going as far as naming themselves AAA COMPANY just to rise to the top of the alphabetical list.
Today we are awash with information.
We can easily find the details of companies all over the world, along with reviews and recommendations. We can easily compare prices from multiple vendors and complete much of our shopping without leaving home, should we desire to.
In the future though, we will look back at today and laugh about how primitive our technology was. How limited our access to information was.
Kids will find it hilarious when we tell them about ‘Googling’ for things. Or maybe about how we actually had to use a computer or smartphone – our brains couldn’t access the net directly back then. Or maybe that we had ‘webpages’.
It is exciting to wait and see.