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It’s Been 10 Years Since the Wrong Guy Analyzed the Internet for the BBC

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In a development that’s likely to make you feel older than MySpace, what may be one of the watershed moments early in the era of the viral Internet has just passed it’s 10-year anniversary, and the Twitterverse has been having fun remembering.

It’s now more than a decade since Congolese job hopeful Guy Goma found himself offering his not-so-expert analysis of a legal dispute between Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) and Apple Corp, The Beatles’ record label, over trademark rights.

Goma, after arriving at the BBC’s West London headquarters for an interview for a job in the IT department on May 8, 2006, was mistaken for a studio guest, British technology journalist Guy Kewney, and ushered all the way into a live BBC News 24 studio.

Looking baffled and nervously eying the cameras, the wrong Guy proceeded to have a go at answering presenter Karen Bowerman’s questions about the future of downloading. Ten years on, his answers seem actually quite prescient. (Remember, this was 2006, the same year Facebook became available to anyone other than college students, and the year before Netflix began streaming video into people’s homes.)

“Actually, if you can go everywhere you’re gonna see a lot of people downloading through Internet and the website, everything they want,” he said, adding: “It is going to be an easy way for everyone to get something through the Internet.”

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