I was looking around at some of my old posts at Mashable today while researching a post, and found this choice quote from way back in 2007 (emphasis added):
Blogging and podcasts are just the convenient formats du jour, now. One of the things I think we’ll see emerge over the next two or three years is the decentralization of news from sources like blogs and podcasts into lifestreams and mini-feed systems in our social networks of choice. Much of how news is created will become transparent, like status updates created by the devices and various movement tracking systems we’re now creating (both digital and meatspace). The fundamental building blocks we’ve established in our current New Media ecosystems are going to be present (self-correction, community, true communication), and what makes the system not only work, but work usefully.
Did I call it or what?
By our estimates at SiliconANGLE Labs, there are about 30 million active users on Twitter (which is to say people who visibly use their service to tweet on a recurring basis, discounting spam accounts). Facebook, by some estimates, is the largest and most trafficked site on the web.
People, whether they realize it or not, are no longer turning to Heritage Media sources for their information.
Look at your own habits. Many of you who read me were at SxSW. Did you turn to the Austin-American Statesman to find out what party was hot while you were out, or did you look for news of parties on your Twitter streams and in LBS programs like Foursquare and Gowalla?
At some point in the last twelve months, we crossed over to a digital news consumption age. At some point in the last six months or so, the real time web went from a public timeline of “What are you doing?” to a pipeline of real time data that we can all hold our various magical decoder rings to and see what we need to know there.