James Cham

I predict that I’m going to be thinking a lot about Tim O’Reilly’s recent piece on the metaverse, and I’m going to be jotting down notes in Medium in honor of Tony Stubblebine joining the company as CEO.

Using this metaphor, we see the metaverse as a continuation of a line that passes through messaging and email to “rendezvous”-type social apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and, for wide broadcast, Twitch + Discord. This is a progression from text to images to video, and from store-and-forward networks to real time (and, for broadcast, “stored time,” which is a useful way of thinking about recorded video), but in each case, the interactions are not place based but happening in the ether between two or more connected people.

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