It’s true. I declare it so! Or I “rant” it so! Dial-up is dead.
The other day, I was sitting in a meeting discussing ideas on improving a companies website. The client who shall remain nameless was concerned that some of the ideas we were talking about doing would not work well on a dial up connection. Furthermore, he knew that his main users were “old school” construction guys that if they did get online would be a dial up connection.
Sometimes, I’m evil, okay maybe that’s a bit much, how about “devilish”? Yeah that’s better. Anyways, I’m a webstats geek. I look at and analyze webstats all the time. And I just couldn’t resist once he said that he was positive that the majority of his users were on dial-up. I hollered at Ellie in the other room to pull up his webstats and bring me the percentage of users who entered his website via dial-up over the past year. After a minute, Ellie brought in a very official sticky note with 1.8% dial up users. We all laughed, including the client, and he said “I guess we don’t have to worry about dial-up anymore.”