Facebook’s future: Instant messaging? Try instant thought sharing

July 3, 2015

Sharing instant messages over virtual platforms revolutionized the way we communicate. But Facebook’s long-term plans outlined by his mogul-ness Mark Zuckerberg will soon even render instant messaging  to but a gimmick in light of a much more instant form of communication: thought sharing. Curious notion, you think? 


Facebook’s evolution since its initiation and public world dominion – as per the sweeping changes it made to the way we keep in touch – has been expanding scope, progressively, over the course of the past ten years. The earliest beta-versions of Facebook are laughable, compared to how dynamic the technology has become today, with the inclusion of timelines, newsfeeds, the whole liking culture and, of course, constant, instant messaging.

Facebook’s earlier incarnations were focused on mass sharing, which made it a perfect marketing tool for DIY artists to get published. But more recent developments see it focusing on personal messaging as a main vein for peers to reach out and keep in touch on a one-to-one basis. This dominating trend was the pre-cursor to Facebook’s launching Messenger as its own platform, as well as moves like dishing out $22 billion to acquire Whatsapp. And with virtual reality becoming mind blowing-ly integral to everyday experiences, telepathy is not such a far-fetched thought to reckon with.mark-zuckerberg-jpeg-953845169.jpg

Recent breakthroughs in science are paving the way for making the internet a medium of exchanging brain waves by translating synapse into computer commands. Clearly, it’ll be a long time coming before software is user friendly enough to do away with the bulky hardware that comes with it, like space age hats with a mess of electrodes, but time is relative. And at the rate that smart technology is evolving and being meshed into our everyday, it won’t be long before telepathy will become the perfect way to keep in touch. 


by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com.