I bumped into my 20-year-old self. She lives in 1995. I told her about my new app.
L42: "I just down downloaded this really cool app"
L20: "What is an app?"
L42: "It’s an application for your smartphone!"
L20: "Ermm smartph…"
L42: "Imagine that you have a mobile phone that you can bring with you everywhere? You’re only three years away from getting your first! It will be a Motorola Startac, by the way, and it will cost you an absolute fortune. Well after that, you’ll be introduced to the smartphone. It’s a portable phone that allows you to send messages, play games, go on the internet – don’t look at me like that – you know what the internet is, right? In 11 years time, you'll even be able to check TheFacebook from your phone. And your e-mails!"
L20: "How cool! I just got my first e-mail address yesterday! It is is email@example.com. I can only use it at the university's computer lab where we have internet. So yes, I know what the internet is, thank you very much! I tried to login to my e-mail for ages and finally managed. Turns out you don't put a space between the name and the @"
L42: "Anyway this app. It’s called coffitivity"
L20: "Weird name. But tell me more"
L42: "Well it plays background noise from cafes and other public spaces on your phone"
L20: "And why is that neat?"
L42: "This way, you feel like you’re in a trendy place when actually you’re at home in front of your computer, starring at the wall and totally blank on ideas. When you open the app, you'll hear chatting, people ordering coffee, people coming and leaving and the clinking clanking sound of plates and cutlery. You can choose between Morning Murmur, Lunchtime lounge andUniversity Undertones. These sounds get you inspired, you know! You'll truly believe that you're surrounded by cool people rather than just your cat - and that you’re sipping a latte with other hipsters while writing on your blog. Before you ask: A blog is an online platform where you tell your friends what you’re up to and all the nice things you’ve been experiencing. Sort of like an online diary. But really easy to use – and you don’t need to know anything about programming to create your own! Give it just a few months. You’re about to see the invention of the blog. Only that it will be called ‘weblog’ in the beginning".