Predicting the future of Social Media is tricky business, but I can most definitely tell you that Social Media is here to stay! It has already changed how people interact with each other whether it be with friends, family, businesses, governments or organizations. So, what does Social Media have in store for us for the future?
The future of Social Media is going to be way beyond just creating a New Facebook layout like the new timeline. It’s going to be about revolutionizing the way we communicate, see and hear about news and all sorts of things all over the world. I feel like there are going to be a lot of new developments that no one ever expected. Ten years ago, we never would've imagined we'd have the type of technology and Social Media that we do now, so I think the future will continue to keep surprising us and technology will continue to amaze us in the way of what we can do with it. Take Smartphone’s for example, according to Social Media experts, mobile data usage has increased tremendously and they are expecting over 1 billion users by the year 2013. In my opinion, I think that new technologies in Smartphone’s like iPhones, Blackberrys and Androids enable users to easily access all the Social Media sites their little hearts desire anytime, any place! We can already see a shift in the way people use handheld devices to Tweet, Facebook, Email, Blog etc. The funny thing about it is that these days it's like some people can't live without Social Media every minute of everyday! I myself have witnessed this first hand at my work. I work at a pool for the City of Oshawa as a Pool Supervisor/Lifeguard/Instructor & you think that swimming in a pool would make people take a break from their social networking lives and put their mobile device down, but no, think again. I've actually witnessed people bring their phones in the pool while they are swimming with their kids, brothers, sisters, parents etc. Just straight up walking around fingers pushing down on the keys at full tilt. These phones aren’t even waterproof yet! It's a little ridiculous, but it could possibly just be a look at what is to come in the future! Water proof phones and complete social media addiction!
This is only the beginning.. it will be interesting to see what's next! My prediction, a ALL in one brand new Social Media site that connects all your Social Media networking together, kind of like a Social Media Portfolio! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Social Media, but I look forward to whatever they come up with, after all I am just another Social Media Junkie like so many others out there!