What’s Next?

Who knows what the future hold for social media?

Who knows what the future hold for social media?

I have discussed various forms of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, and how they are utilized by journalists. It got me wondering what’s next. We have become such a fast moving technological society, always waiting impatiently for the next big digital social world. So, What’s it going to be?

Well, no one can be certain but there are some guesses. New profession-based, vertical networks are cropping up and they cater to the specific needs and interests of business professionals. But that is just a more focused form of Facebook and isn’t really groundbreaking.

The next generation of social media is not really all that different from this generation; the goal is to create a way to express yourself and put it out there for many to see. Portable social media has quickly become the must.

Pheed has created an app that combines video, audio, photo, text and even live broadcast.

1SE stands for one second everyday and gives users the ability to sum up there day in one second. Then, it combines all of the one second snippets into one personal movie. Pretty cool, but hopefully you like what you see.

There are many more out there and some of them are still only an idea, but there definitely seems to be a trend in the new social media tools short, simple, portable, and convenient to use.


Is Twitter the Future?

Twitter Logo

Twitter Logo

I must confess I still do not have a Twitter account; mostly because I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. I don’t want to activate an account just to read random people talking about random events in their life. I love my friends but I don’t even want to follow their every tweet. However, when you partner the struggling news industry with Twitter, it becomes clear what it can be used for. Twitter is the perfect forum for breaking news, and it would reach a large audience of people very quickly. It is speculated that Twitter will bring change to the news media. Many, if not all, of the news stations have Twitter accounts where they display short headlines of breaking news and advertise their TV shows.

The big question is does Twitter work in a meaningful way? Paul Farhi from the Washington Post provides the unsatisfying answer: It all depends. He does raise the good point that it mainly depends on the situation that it is used in. Reporters using Twitter during speeches and federal court cases is useful. It provides first-hand information to readers while the event is actually happening.He also acknowledges that it is tedious to sort through all the useless tweets to get to that useful piece of information.

Ultimately, I think the good outweighs the bad. I believe Twitter has and will continue to impact the news industry. It will be interesting to see where these impacts take the currently morphing news industry.