There is no hype when it comes to WebRTC.
Pundits have been debating this for quite some time now, with varying opinions. I believe there isn’t and wasn’t any hype around WebRTC whatsoever.
When I started blogging about WebRTC about a year ago, I was alone in the field. Very little information and thought leadership could be found about WebRTC on the web. Since then, that has changed with individuals, vendors and media outlets now covering this space.
Any apparent hype being felt can be attributed to many reasons:
- WebRTC in a new technology. As such, the process of understanding it that takes place these days in public on blogs look like hype for some: you will find few observations these days about where SIP belongs within the domain of VoIP, but a lot of writing about WebRTC’s place in VoIP
- WebRTC deals with VoIP and web. While VoIP belongs to a small set of developers within the communication market, WebRTC opens up that market to a distinctly larger set of developers. This increase in availability of communication technology seem to some like hype
- WebRTC reduces the barrier of entry. Use cases that had no ROI up until WebRTC are now being introduced, enhancing the ways in which VoIP is use
In the past 8 months, I have collected data points indicating the interest around WebRTC.
The graph above illustrates three domains that are prime destinations for developers interested in WebRTC:
- The Google group called discuss-webrtc
- The number of github projects related to WebRTC
- The number of questions around WebRTC on StackOverflow
The graph above details the number of LinkedIn profiles that have WebRTC somewhere in their description. While this number is rather low, it is easy to see an upwards trend.
The results of these graph show a linear increase in interest – this is an indication that we are either before the real hype of WebRTC – or that no hype will happen with WebRTC at all.
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