The other day Michelle from Daisybutter was asking me some questions about my views on social media while she was writing her dissertation, which really got me thinking about the way I use social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and even my blog, and where I think social media is going in the future.
In the summer of 2008 just before Twitter got really big I remember sitting in the head London offices of Airlock, a web design company when I was working on my Battlefront campaign at Channel 4, and they were explaining Twitter. I did not, and I think most of the people with me did not understand the appeal of 140 character updates, even when shown case studies of how Twitter had become useful in activism. I did not get into Twitter until about a year later when people I wanted to connect with, like bloggers or fashion magazines started to use the platform. I'm a complete politics junkie, but I have found that instead of reading newspapers and most politics magazines following MP's, political parities and news outlets has become a substitute for paper reading, and even my Times Online subscription - I just read the articles that take my interest linked from Twitter and news channels 'Breaking News' feeds have replaced watching the News. That, and combined with following my friends, fashion bloggers I love and a few fashion magazines has created a feed of all I even need to know about and is, aside from my Bloglovin' which aside from following other bloggers I follow a few fashion and politics news sites in, is my only stop online for news. I Tweet either fro Tweetdeck, an application that causes new Tweets @ me or from the people I follow to appear in the top corner of my computer screen whatever page I have open at the time, and from Ubersocial Twitter client for Blackberry.
I don't think Twitter is going to evolve in itself much more, but it is going to expand in what applications its streams into. I'm curious about Foursquare, but after reading a piece in Company Magazine about security using it, and combined with the fact my Blackberry internet is patchy in my city I'm wary to try it! Social networking is moving off of our computers and onto our smartphones - the future of social networking is in apps not websites! I do have a Facebook account, but I don't use it much, mainly because anyone I would want to talk to I see all the time, has Twitter or Skype (which I practically live on!)
I think social networking does make you think about how you're portraying yourself, from the person who only wants positive things to be seen about them online in their electronic footprint because they now know universities and employers are trawling networking sites, or bloggers who want to cultivate their online brand.
What do you think? I'd be interested to know what social networking platforms you use, how you use them and what you think the future of social media is!