Josh Constine, TechCrunch:
If the camera is the new keyboard, then the future of social media will look more like a slideshow than a Word document.
...as our cameras, storage, screens, and networks improved, we wanted to capture more of our lives — the silly in between moments, not just the highlights. That meant the posts needed to be laced together into a cohesive tale, ensuring viewers have the context of our past posts before seeing the newest or most interesting ones. People embraced consuming social media constantly throughout the day. We began sharing more frequently, and to communicate in the moment rather than just to represent ourselves forever...
It seems that our willingness and interest in sharing our lives throughout the day has grown in tandem with the sophistication of the cameras on our smartphones. Of course, the phones preceding our smartphones had cameras, and the first iPhone had a rear-facing one, but the importance of the camera wasn't recognized until later.
“Three things: A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A revolutionary mobile phone. And a breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod… a phone… and an internet communicator… An iPod, a phone… are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device! And we are calling it iPhone.”
The camera isn't mentioned. It's not until the iPhone 4, introduced in 2010, that we get a second, front-facing camera. This starts the era of Camera 1.0 and a subsequent explosion of apps that make that make use of those cameras. Similarly, we are now entering Camera 2.0 marked by the rise of visual communication.
(Credit: Josh Constine for the Camera 1.0/2.0 terminology)
Disclaimer: At the time of this writing, I own stock in Apple.