Monday, March 24, 2008

Everywhere and Nowhere

is the title to a recent article in the Economist ( about the future ubiquity of online social life. I don't read the Economist often; however, I saw a link to this article in a daily post that I receive about youth and media usage. I wonder how our life will be different in 3, 5, and 10 years from now in terms of our use of online activities.

A year ago I didn't blog. My daughter already knows at some level what email is and she's only 2. What will individuals, particularly youth, be doing with online activities in the coming years? A researcher from Forrester Research quoted in the article in the Economist suggests that there won't be a variety of different social networking sites, groups, etc. that are hard to link together. They will be anywhere and everywhere and seamlessly integrated. That's a nice idea in many ways. A friend of mine (and a blogger who inspired me to start blogging) just had a baby. She sent out emails to different groups, posted some pix on her blog, and posted a lot more pix on her Facebook page. Now, if I didn't have access to the Facebook page, I'd never (well, not as quickly anyway : ) have seen the additional beautiful pix of her new baby and family (thanks R.!).

Perhaps in the future there'll be better linkages so that we don't have to be members of Facebook, Myspace, Bebo, Flickr, and/or other sites in order to obtain the latest news and notes on our network members. Will that be a good thing or a bad thing?

What do you think? Do you want more seamless integration and availability of information about members of your social networks? And, for others to have the availability of this information about you?

1 comment:

Mosshouse said...

Baby Helen received a Beanie Baby 2.0 today. We logged onto the site, registered the pink lamb, and found ourselves invited to a chatroom with other beanie baby animals. Kind of creepy for a two week old. Then we were instructed to feed "Baabet." We didn't.