April 25, 2009
Last week YouTube rolled out a realtime app that allowed users to see what their friends are doing on the site. A number of us, myself included, Twittered that this was another indication that the synchronous web is coming.
The next day I had breakfast with Hangout CEO Pano Anthos, who pointed out that I had blogged on the synchronous web a few months ago. At the time, I raised the question whether the web would become more synchronous. Now I’ll go further. There’s something afoot here, and I’ll put a stake in the ground: the rise of the social web wil usher in a wave of synchronous web behavior.