In the fall of 2016, I thought often about social media and ownership of content online. At one point, I mentioned to a friend that in a decade, the web development skills we taught at my business, The Iron Yard, would be either an expectation for knowledge workers’ jobs, automated in some way, or, more likely, both.

That conversation spawned thoughts about how ‘mandatory’ an online presence will be in 10 years—and how much of a requirement having one is today. The result was a short series of three articles that discuss the social, professional and societal consequences of not having an online presence.

  • Post 1: Social Consequences
  • Post 2: Professional Consequences
  • Post 3: Societal Consequences