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What Is The Social Media Revolution?

The Social Media Revolution:

Is Social Media just a fad? Or could it be the biggest thing since the Industrial Revolution? Either way, this video doles out Social Media facts and figures that are too hard to ignore.

Many years ago when blogging was still in its infancy I predicted it would become the greatest invention since the Gutenberg Printing Press. I could see a train a-coming and couldn’t wait to jump on board.

Was I right? But who could have predicted the runaway train that it has become today.

Back then I saw it as a self-publishing medium for the masses. Freedom of speech, democracy in action and citizen journalism all wrapped up in one.

But today we are seeing it turned into the playground of big business. We are told Social Media is all about trust and ROI. Average people are even turning their tweets into dollars.

Consequently, privacy advocates warn us of the cost that our new media toy will have. Big brother is watching … government, business, law enforcement and employers are searching our name and making assumptions about our character, buying habits and the friends that we keep. A huge database is being created out of “public” information that we freely give.

Speak now and forever hold your peace.

So is it really a good thing? Is it a train that we all must board, or will it just end up running over us?

What do you think?

Written March 7th, 2010 by | 11 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Social Media Tips, Videos , , ,

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  1. Well, it could be the “next big thing”. However, social media has been around for at least 5 years and I see many people abusing it. Plus many social media sites fail. I think it is a tricky tool that you just need to learn how to use proper.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 3:16 pm said...

    @Miss Virtual Reality, “the next big thing” .. after 5 years still a work in progress ;-)

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  2. Yahoo group, by far the best social site, I get between two and three thousand visits a week.

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  3. Fantastic post! In a very serendipitous event, I had just logged on to look up this exact subject. You have saved me hours, possibly days, of research. Thank you for the frank and funny approach and good luck with your blog.

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  4. Thanks for the great post! Social Media is the way to go! I just had to leave a company because they just would not stay up with the new world that is based on the Web.

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  5. I do think that the Social Media Revolution has been of tremendous beneficial effect. With one instance such as Facebook, it has allowed families to keep in touch and not feel isolated as they once were.

    As a result it brings more people to the Internet and in turn more opportunities.

    Claire

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 11:09 am said...

    @Claire Smyth, I would argue that I can do the same thing with a real blog and still keep my privacy.

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  6. There are a lot of individuals who choose not to participate in social media in any of its forms. They are viewed as freaks by the techno-savvy masses. Solitude is becoming a rare thing to be enjoyed in these cyber-chattering times, & people can “overshare” on social media a little too often.

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  7. Freedom of speech is a basic human right. Social media network plays important role to contact with friends but it should be more friendly and secure.

    Thanks
    Alton Williams

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  8. The Social Media Revolution? http://bit.ly/923VHG

  9. @Miss Virtual Reality, "the next big thing" .. after 5 years still a work in progress ;-) http://bit.ly/9S8ACc

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