Sep 2, 2009

Social Media: The Next BIG Thing



During the mid 90s when getting a landline phone and obviously a number for it became easy things started changing. I was a small kid then, so I actually can’t recall the actual change and the impact of it. However, I do remember my Mom saying that we used to write letters to our relatives, friends and the dear ones. With the access to phone we saw the concept of letter writing rubbished to a larger extent. Then arrived the pager from Motorola which was a mini revolution. It created a buzz in the market until the invention of mobile that happens to be one of the biggest revolutionary inventions in the history of communications. Slowly the pager fazed out and made way to its successor. Having said that you all might be surprised to know that pager is still in use. It created revenues of $2.1 Bn in 2008 which compared to $6.2 Bn in 2003 is peanuts. However, point to be emphasized here is that it still exists. During the same period of mid 90s internet took over with a bang and we entered the digital world. Since last 15 odd years we have been seeing, using these applications and devices for commercial, personal, professional use with great ease and with increasing expertise. But am I now seeing these technologies getting obsolete soon? Yeah. I know they are not going to faze out but I think very soon we would at least see a drop in the use of these things. The reason being the surge in the number of SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES (SNSs).



Some info for my readers…. SixDegrees.com was the first recognized SNS which was founded in the year 1997. The craze though caught upon later in the beginning of 21st century thanks to Mark Zuckerberg with his invention which popularly is known as Facebook. Thanks to the changing demography and psychology showing more affiliation towards digitizing we are seeing yet another revolution. There are more than 400 SNSs today in the world to say the least. Please get it confirmed with the following links.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites


http://mashable.com/2007/10/23/social-networking-god/



There were days when we used to call up our friends to ask the score of cricket match. But these days we have twitter to send instant messages that to free of cost. The call rates once stood tall at Rs15.20/- today are down at a meager 30 paisa. Browsing internet would create a hole in the pocket leaving us at least Rs 50 short of our savings that too for within an hour. A pub was attacked in Mangalore by some Sri Ram Sena activists. Soon, the pink chaddi campaign was in the making and ably supported by these SNSs. Facebook even had “Pink Chaddi Campaign” community which got fan following in thousands. “Michael Jackson RIP” community on Facebook has fan following of 4.5 million people on FB alone. That’s crazy. This tells us how much we are getting into this SNS thing. Blogging has come up big time. Celebrities have started blogging. It has helped people communicate and express their feelings with people they don’t even know. Never in my life have I been to Jammu and Chennai. But today I can say I know at least one person in these places. The list of SNSs is never ending from FB to orkut to tagged to myspace to hi5 to something else to something else and on and on



I think very soon the telecom sector will find this out and they would stop charging for calls and the only charges would be for data i.e internet usage. With all the stuff written above I think I can say “Social Media is the next big thing”.



What say Guys???????

22 comments:

Vineeta said...

Testing!

Vineeta said...

Ah! Its working nw.. y'day I tried many times.. but the comment was not getting saved :) Nevertheless Here goes my comment -

Aptly said - SNS is the next big thing. I would rather say.. it has become a huge thing.

As you also wrote in the post, there are 400 odd sites floating in the network. Just imagine.. how difficult it will be if I have account on more than 5!! I dont know.. how will I handle?! But I know one thing.. SNS idea has changed the world.. bringing closer people across locations and making them comment on each other's blog :P

In a more serious note, SNS has become an integral part of our lives. I can't imagine my day without facebook or orkut and ofc blog. But I wish one thing - We now need a baap of SNS which can handle all your account on one screen instead of going to so many sites and maintaining each one seperately!

Shruti said...

hey Sumeet!
Where my comment vanished?!
I was not able to post any comments to you!!

Its a gud post re!! U have handled it quite well!
""Social Media is the next big thing""
well posted!!

Shilpa Garg said...

Cool!!
This post gave some very interesting insights and somewhat forgotten concepts!! The pagers are still in business!!!!!! :O
Oh, yes...Social Media is surely the next BIG thing!!

So, now that you know, some people from Jammu, so do visit them some time!! Jammu offers...Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine...(in case you believe in HER!)

Sumeet.Shah said...

Yup.... u r rite!!! it has closed down the georgraphical distances otherwise we both have never known each other. You r in Bangalore and I m in Pune. Would it have been possible otherwise.

Did not know u r facebook as well. Send me an invite at

www.facebook.com/sumeetshah

Sumeet.Shah said...

@ Vineeta

Yup.... u r rite!!! it has closed down the georgraphical distances otherwise we both have never known each other. You r in Bangalore and I m in Pune. Would it have been possible otherwise?

Did not know u r facebook as well. Send me an invite at

www.facebook.com/sumeetshah

Sumeet.Shah said...

@ Shruti... Thanx a lot dear!!!1

Sumeet.Shah said...

@ shilpa...

Obviously Shilpa. U r my first fren on the blogosphere. The day I visit Jammu, i ll definitely let u know and fix up an appointment with u!!! Thanx!!!

Navin Khaware said...

Yes Social media has changed in past 20 years.
I rem for making an STD call we use to book a trunk call and wait for mins to get it through. But post 1997 all of it has changed. Social websites like Orkut, FAcebook, Twitter elc. has additonally increased of knowning people u don't know.
In india once 3G becomes active hopefully Mobile world would become more Intresting than they are rght Now

Sumeet.Shah said...

@ navin...

Yes u r rite. few more yrs and we will in different world altogether.

manishdeshpande said...

hey sumeet..this is really very nice and interesting information that you have posted on your blog.this will help me to start my own blog..keep on writing good stuff....

Sumeet.Shah said...

Dude!!!! wen r u actually starting. nehmi mhantos ki blogging karaaycha pan kadhi karnar?????

Abhi.kurlapkar said...

It’s already big.

Not only cells or net but today DTH also giving us the options for banking, job search and many more. (Saying Juss an option)

But my concern is everyone should utilize most of it.

Sumeet.Shah said...

@abhishek

So very true dude!!!!! We need to utilize it properly

Vineeta said...

An award awaits u.. Chk out my blog post http://vineetazdiary.blogspot.com/2009/09/thanks-to-all-my-bbs.html

Sumeet.Shah said...

U made my day Vineeta!!! Thanks a lot. Its my first award!!!!!

pra said...

Hi Sumeet, Sorry I am Late to visit this post.
You are right. the social media is a big thing!I am connected now to so many old friends thro' this thing! But me and my best friend miss writing letters to each other. It is a totally different way to express yourself!
A really nice informative post!

Sumeet.Shah said...

Hey Pra!!!!!!

Thanx for the visit. Am glad that u liked my post.... Keep visiting!!!!!

Vinz said...

its all about the net social media in the future...

we can sit at home...browse for sometime and can get all info about our family, friends, and the whole world..!!

:)

Sumeet.Shah said...

Hey Dude!!!!!

THanx for the comment!!! where have u been?????

Naveen kumar said...

rightly said .. SNSs have taken the world by the storm ... If one is on the internet ..he can definitely be found on one of these SNSs

pra said...

You have an award waiting for you on my blog! Please collect it!