Social Media Sites Of The Future

August 31, 2008

If we could fast forward to social media sites of the future, I wonder what we’d see? And what impact will they have on the world in general?

I don’t doubt the fact that social media is here to stay. After all, it seems that almost everyone is using Twitter, Stumbling, Digging and connecting on Facebook, Bebo or LinkedIn. And because folk need to encourage others to join, for the benefit of the network – many social media sites become viral and grow at a rapid rate.

Bebo was targeted primarily at kids – mostly from the UK. Yet only 3 years after it’s launch, it was sold to AOL for over $800 million. LinkedIn has over 8 million members and Facebook is the biggest and fastest growing of all social media sites with over 132 million members.

I think we’re only catching a glimpse of the full potential of social media right now. And I guess anyone who can see five years into the future, could make themselves a fortune. But lets have a bit of fun. What will social media look like five years down the line?

I’m guessing that as well as some of the large sites we’re seeing now, there will be many smaller niche groups and like minded folk will use them to connect and share ideas. Also, I wonder if we’ll see more life like interaction in the future. A bit like they have on sites such as Runescape, but less cartoon like, with more realistic representations of ourselves.

Where do you see social media sites going in the future? And more importantly – what would you like to see?

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