And the next big thing in ‘new media’ is…real-time conversations (2009)

A recent post on ReadWriteWeb says that Paul Buchheit, the man that built Google's Gmail and Adsense, believes that real-time, multi-person conversations is the 'next big thing'. I made a quick joke about this on Twitter about everything coming full circle. We have all these web tools like blogs, twitter, video conferencing, etc, and the 'next big thing' in technology is talking to someone in real-time. I'm a bit skeptical about this claim, as I cannot see joining some kind of chat-room...