Cloud computing is a much-heralded technology in business circles. It’s said to be the wave of the future; companies will use cloud computing to access and change business files from dozens of machines, and in fact many have already started using the tech in the form of online programs like Google Documents.
Cloud computing basically lets a computer use the resources of another computer or a group of computers. However, it will really become a major tool when it’s employed by social networks.
Picture your favorite high-end video game, or if you don’t have one, picture your kids’ favorite high end video game. Chances are it’s extremely complex and it takes a tremendously powerful computer in order to run. Such computers cost thousands of dollars. Now picture it playing on a tiny, underpowered netbook. Cloud computing could make this possible in the future by running programs from a computer many miles away and then transmitting the video signal of that computer–in real time, mind you–to the tiny netbook. Now picture that game hosted through Facebook or another social networking website. Farmville looks a lot less impressive, doesn’t it?
Social networking websites will logically combine the benefits of cloud computing into their own services; it simply makes sense. You’ll go to Facebook for the latest games and LinkedIn to sort through your company documents while you’re still at home. The merging of social networking tools and cloud computing technology allows the computer user to go to one fewer place on the Internet to accomplish what she needs to do.
Obviously, there will be privacy concerns when the two techs merge. It’s hard to picture businesses willingly allowing their employees to store all of their documents on a third party website, and while many game developers are heralding cloud computing as the end of the software piracy area, the technology is still not quite there. As soon as it is, the hackers will be there too.
Nevertheless, cloud computing and social networking will work together to make the Internet more exciting but a bit less broad. The real danger is that certain social networking websites, the ones that we already visit each day, will become too powerful. Information is power, and we’re sharing a whole lot of it with websites like Google and Facebook each day. In any case, the technology itself is profoundly interesting and will likely be the next major change in the world of computing.
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