Baseball tends to skip generations. Maybe not if you're a Boone or a Griffey, but when it comes to technology, teams tend to make advances in leaps, not steps. When I started -- which wasn't that long ago -- teams dealt in phone calls and faxes. Like most people, I didn't have a home fax machine, but I did have email. It was very annoying that they'd take one, but ignored the other.
Then mobile phones became ubiquitous and scouts discovered the Blackberry. Texting quickly became the new way of touching base. Over the last two years, it's become significantly easier to get a text response than it is to email or even get someone to pick up a call. I know of at least one GM that conducted almost all of a trade via text, using that to once say to the media that he hadn't spoken to his counterpart. He wasn't lying.
So what's next? Players are beginning to blog (though I have ideas about why this won't work in this form) and things like Twitter and Pownce are getting some traction in the tech world. I still haven't found a way to use these in my work. I tried using Pownce, mostly because a friend begged me to try the service, during the spring. I wasn't doing UTK but there were updates and I wanted to get them out there. It worked, but ... not great and not high enough adoption rate. I'm no Scoble ... yet. Facebook? Same thing. So far, I've only found ways to be more connected to my readers, which I was already doing a pretty good job of through email. It's actually "spread my attention" - instead of one inbox kept on a GTD plan, now I have an inbox, Facebook, and more.
What are you using, how could you see it used, and why? Hit it in comments.
Next time, I'll tell you why I think. GPS is the key to the next generation.