Just want to share with you some interesting bits and pieces I’ve been looking at whilst working my way through the INF206 Modules … it’s my duty to pass these things on, because ‘information has a social life’ and we don’t want interesting pieces of information to feel left out just because they’re a bit geeky …
I’m blown away by the statistics shown in this interesting Socialnomics YouTube clip about social media use, especially the fact that if Facebook were a country it would be the 3rd largest behind China and India.
Another interesting YouTube clip made by Kevin Kelly on The Technium echoes my own thoughts on Web 2.0 technologies where he says, “we have to use things in order to find out about them … we actually have to engage with the technology. The only way to determine whether something is good for us, bad for us, is through use …”
What distinguishes Web 2.0 technologies is the fact that they are easy to use; anyone can upload a video to YouTube or publish content on a weblog – effectively creating their own website, or share photos with others through flickr … there are any number of tools available in the social media landscape, as illustrated here by Fred Cavazza and the majority of them are freely available at no cost to the subscriber.
Charlene Li in a podcast at Talis brought up some interesting points about using social media in an organisation. Li tells us that social media calls into question some of the traditional ways that things have been done and that it is about a new type of relationship, one that provides opportunities for dialogue with clients. She comments that “the tools are easy to use, the hard part is defining the relationship you want, changing the way you do things …” Social media is a culture of sharing and social media technologies allow for that sharing on a large scale.
Another statement that I’ve seen, but can’t place where right now, is that ‘social media is not a revolution it is an evolution’ and I wholeheartedly agree … for all the different types of social media tools available to us today, what is popular now may no longer be with us in five years time – possibly to have morphed into something completely different or perhaps fallen by the wayside as the crowds move onto newer methods of communicating and sharing. Some interesting statistics on social media usage in Australia as at Oct 2011 and perhaps a way to keep on top of what’s new at Mashable: The social media guide.