Happy Birthday, YouTube.

I still remember when I first learned of YouTube. It was the winter of 2006, and I had just read about it in a magazine. I took to my computer to see for myself this site where you could watch classic commercials, cartoons from the 80s and movie clips. My wife walked in and said ‘I heard that’s a porn site.’

Needless to say, YouTube has come a long way since going live on Valentine’s Day 2005 and debuting the first video – “Me at the zoo” two months later on April 23.

If you ever doubted the rate of which technology and social media has evolved, just look at where YouTube started to where it is today. And I still don’t think it’s reached its full potential. If you look at the brands who are yet to tap into what YouTube is offering – a “free” production platform – you will see that the evolution has barely started. Who knows what the platform will look like in another 10 years (Even five years? Two years?) but one things for sure – it won’t look like it does today. Which is what makes it so exciting.

Until then, watch one of my favorite YouTube videos.

According to your shirt we just became best friends.

It was only a matter of time before social media actually became ‘social’. And those magnificent bastards at MIT have done it. They have created a T-shirt that signals when people with similar interests (based on their social media profiles) are within 12 feet. How? Your smart phone, of course, and Bluetooth. You need to read it to believe it, but thanks to this technology there is one less reason for us to be awkward at parties.

You can innovate any time. You just may not always be appreciated for it.

Japan. 1972. The future of housing was clear—modular capsule units, 100 square feet, that would be replaced and expanded every 25 years. The Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed to overcome issues tied to traditional urban planning. These capsules were supposed to appeal to businessmen who needed housing during the week.

However, the future became the past as the idea didn’t really stick leaving the Nakagin Capsule Tower as the first of its kind—and the last of its kind.

This Fast Company article on the Tower gives you a glimpse into a few of these capsules, showing what you can do with a 100 square feet (more than you might expect).

I found this interesting because I had recently read about a design competition in New York City. The challenge? To concept a living space less than 450 square feet (the legal minimum). The winner, while not quite as barren as a capsule, is reminiscent of Nakagin tower (although much more stylish).

I always find these stories compelling because it makes me wonder – was the Nakagin Tower an idea ahead of its time? If it was concepted today it would be considered a design contest finalist – and the potential future of housing in crowded city areas. It just goes to show you that timing could be more of a factor in innovation than we want to admit.