Wikipedia says the Information Age started in the 1970’s:
The Information Age formed by capitalizing on the computer microminiaturization advances, with a transition spanning from the advent of the personal computer in the late 1970s, to the Internet’s reaching a critical mass in the early 1990s, and the adoption of such technology by the public in the two decades after 1990
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently as I look at the data I have on myself. I’ve got thousands of pictures a year since 2001 when I got my first digital camera. I’ve got quantified self data on myself since 2012 when I got my first Fitbit. Before those times, there is a stark drop-off.
I was asking my dad the other day what his time and distance was when he was my age and ran. He tried his best to remember his answer. Are they correct? We don’t really know since he didn’t track his runs the way I do now.
If you are younger than 5, there is a good chance your entire life will be photographed, quantified and saved. Since I’m 35, the first 30 years or so were not. It’s interesting to think about our own personal Information Ages. I think about future conversations with my son where I try and explain why there is a large empty period from the beginning of my life. We are the last generation or two where it will be like this.
Hey everyone, we know we’ve been pretty quiet around Exfm’s future, but rest assured we’ve been busy talking with folks figuring out the best path forward. While we don’t have anything to announce today, we are confident we will very soon.
Back in December, we announced we were going to shut down Exfm. While we were able to keep it running for a few more months, unfortunately that is no longer the case. On Monday, May 19th, 4 days from now, we are going to shut down Exfm. This includes the website, mobile apps, extensions and API. We urge you to export your loved songs and sites now.
We will continue to communicate what our plans are via email, our blog and Twitter. We’ll leave you with this — we are very excited for what’s next and believe we will ultimately provide you with the best music service in the seven kingdoms.