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.

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Journalists Utilizing Facebook

The new Facebook audience. Everybody.

The new Facebook audience. Everybody.

Just thinking about the black hole that is Facebook makes me want to hop on my laptop and see what’s new on my friends pages. ¬†However, it can also be a great way to market yourself; journalists are quickly learning how to use Facebook effectively and take advantage of this popular forum.

Facebook staff is eager to help journalists utilize their productand offers a page for journalists that helps them make the best use of the social media tools available to them. Vadim Lavrusik, journalism program manager at Facebook, gave fourteen tips for journalists on Facebook. Some of the tips such as secure your account or have Facebook on your mobile phone are common sense, but the tips to use a personal voice and engage followers in conversation are great advice. People want interactivity when they read news on the internet. They enjoy feeling like it is a conversation between the writer and other readers.

The biggest problem with getting news on Facebook is the reliability. It is hard to know exactly who is writing what and if it is true. Washington Post copy editor Phillip Blanchard expresses his concern that, “”Facebook is great for ‘social networking’ but not terribly useful as a journalistic tool…People aren’t always who they seem to be. For example, you can’t even be sure who I am… Verification is very important in journalism, which apparently is being forgotten a lot, or never learned.”

Since verification is a seemingly inherent problem,  the best use for Facebook is networking. It is a good way for journalists to present themselves to the public as a real person, not just a talking head. They can friend other writers or editors and be able to ask them for advice and create more business contacts. It is unlikely that Facebook will become the new go to for the news, but it is a great place to learn a little more about the people who are writing it.