Social Media has played a huge role in our day to day lives by connecting us in ways that were otherwise impossible 15 years ago. New social networking sites are rising and falling, aswell as evolving and adapting to ever-changing technology. Ever since 2004 when Facebook first emerged, social media blew up, branching off and many other companies forming their own sites such as Twitter and Instagram. With all these sites and the way they grew and formed, what will they be like in the future? In the next decade, we should see the global usage of social media take a steady rise. The networking sites, however, will have to compete for new ideas and have to stay popular as more and more social networking sites begin to appear.
There are many predictions and hypotheses of what social media will become in the future. In the next 25 years when news breaks, “it will be covered by a multitude of eyewitnesses streaming live video. These streams will knit together into a single immersive video, enabling the viewer to virtually experience the event in real time. For better or worse, the world will feel like it’s right around the corner” (Bergman). In the future, technology will get more advanced to a point where people will be able to broadcast live video of a crime or accident, and be instantly played through to your phone or news websites.
In the next couple decades, social media will be more geared towards you and more personalized while still being in touch of the world around you. Social networking will be all about you and “personalized content will become the norm… in the future, when the depth of data available meets the ability to make decisions based off of that data, the result will be a very individualized and powerful experience. People will be able to get the content they want, at the time they want, from the people and brands they want” (Kimzey). With some devices already taking advantage over this power, such as The Nest Thermostat, some Nike products, and even Youtube, it is bound to sweep through the social networking sites, with some media sites implementing some of this technology.
As social media grows, so will technology, along with what you are able to do when they both mix. Over time, technology “will become part of the fabric of our clothes, part of the glasses we wear and the shoes we put on, and the gadgets we no longer see as gadgets but as part of our very selves” (Kramer). Just like Google Glass and the Apple watch, this will enable people to physically be a part of the media, and help everyone get information in an instant.
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