This week’s work ended up being very timely for me.
First off, Diane makes comment in her weekly post that many people are now making use of Facebook (>600Million) — also, Twitter has a significant following, at >150Million. I think it is fair to say that these are clearly the two heavyweights today of the social media scene.
On February 23, I attended a session on “Next Trends in Mobile Technology”, which was part of Handheld Librarian Online Conference IV. Joe Murphy of Yale University was the keynote speaker — it was/is his view that thetrend in social media is towards consumer technology, particularly geared around mobile. It is his argument that the digital world is changing, with the most obvious fact being that as of the end of 2010, smartphones were outselling PCs.
It is Murphy’s view that there are 3 distinct areas that we are going to see growth in social media — namely, photos, locations and social check-ins. Two sites in particular were mentioned.
“Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues. Merchants and brands leverage the foursquare platform by utilizing a wide set of tools to obtain, engage, and retain customers and audiences.”
“GetGlue is a leading social network for entertainment, with more than 900,000 users and 12M new unique ratings and check-ins for TV shows, movies, music and books every month. Fans use GetGlue apps to check-in while consuming entertainment to share with friends and to earn exclusive rewards from our partners.”
Murphy mentioned in his comments that he thought we as a library profession need to keep our eyes on Getglue — it is his view that it will be incorporated eventually into most libraries.
So, to try another social media site, I joined Getglue, set my profile and began to offer my “likes” on various entertainment types — movies, books, shows … You can tell the world that you are watching a movie (for example, I’m watching “The Pelican Brief” this evening), my views on the movie …
I’m sure my fanbase will be quite exciting about this … 🙂
BTW, this social media site ties to both Facebook and to Twitter …