I am becoming aware of a shift in my application usage behaviour. I am being gradually Googlized.
It started with Search, which started me blogging on Blogger, and using Writely; search expanded into Google Desktop, which displayed the mail that I received, through Gmail, which integrated chat, which became Jabber-ized, which allowed me to use Mxit to communicate from my phone, which started me on Calendar, which got me thinking about shared Spreadsheets...
I've also started to watch Google Video and downloaded Picasa to view my pictures.
I still use Skype as my main IM and Voice tool, and PayPal for online payments (and eGold too), but how long will it be before Google checkout becomes more convenient after I switch to GoogleTalk for IM?
It will be a while before Skype is knocked off the top of VoIP (longer than I thought initially) and PayPal integration might extend it's shelf life.
In a world where industry is being globalized, the virtual world is being Googlized.
I'm sure this could equally be applied to Yahoo, and for certain demographics, Amazon and eBay, but for me it's becoming more Googley every day.
I still use Windows and MS Office applications, but I'm seriously considering moving to Ubuntu or perhaps even an Intel Mac. Last time I seriously considered it, I saw a beta for Windows XP and stayed with MS. I'm not so sure about Vista.
I'm pretty sure that by 2010, I will be MS-free. Whoever takes over from Bill has his/her work cut out - not to keep me, but the large number of businesses and individuals who are already thinking along the same lines....