Adobe is launching an application that will allow people to work offline on forms and other content which will then automatically be posted to websites when they go back online. This is an excellent “transitional” application because many users still have to “log on” to the internet via slow modems or other cumbersome connections, and this will help them participate more actively in the online ecosystem.
That said, I’m increasingly convinced that the explosion of user content is to some extent…over. Certainly we’ll continue to see huge volumes of content pour online, but at least in terms of the USA it is fair to say that internet access and publishing are is now so easy and cheap it seems unlikely there are millions waiting in the wings to jump online. Some studies are suggesting that “most” internet users have little interest in blogging or commenting or participating actively – rather they want to read and socialize but not produce much content. Another interesting factor is that young women appear to be the top content producers in many social networking environments rather than geeky boys who are more likely to spend online time playing games. It’s going to be very interesting to watch the new media trends shake out in the coming years.