The State of Social Media (as I see it)

Facebook is hemorrhaging American users. It’s been slow to evolve. No good Facebook iPad app? That’s unacceptable for the ‘premier’ social network. Twitter has recently been blessed by all-powerful Apple as the sharing destination. Twitter is an amazing informational resource. It’s also a terrible social network. I held great hopes for Diaspora. I even tried to sign up. It looks like it’s not going to happen and its moment has passed. Ironically Facebook still instigates with its privacy trespasses. I’ve read that Facebook is losing users because of the privacy issues. Not true. People really don’t care about or understand privacy. That’s for elite activists (god bless them.) People are losing interest in Facebook because it has bad User Experience design. It doesn’t easily give them the information they actually care about. Twitter is great and very democratic. But it works better in conjunction with an app like Flipboard to distill all the chaos into a palatable format. I’ve gotten into Instagram. I think it’s more about the effects. It doesn’t seem that great unto itself as a social network except that it sends my pictures to Twitter and Facebook. I’ve come to question why we need Twitter or Facebook to be our hub of social. Google could probably shake things up a bit if not for their ADD/disinterest in terms of UX quality. Apple went with Twitter because it doesn’t see a clear way to eek out profits from really getting into the Social Media game directly. No one wants to buy Myspace. Listen Twitter bots and spammers and marketers. People don’t like ads. They are disingenuous. People can smell them a mile away. It really doesn’t work. It’s why Myspace is crumbling. That need to turn a profit leads to the path of least resistance…advertising. And it is certain death in the social space. Facebook already feels dusty. Are they really giving us something we can’t get elsewhere. They are not. Twitter hit the jackpot by getting into bed with Apple. They can actually sidestep the advertising swamp they may have been heading to by continuing to allow real connections through devices. I believe that there’s a hidden and obvious social winner, still dormant. It’s not Tumblr. Tumblr is a nice and harmless fad. No, it’s WordPress. It still has different concerns and hasn’t tackled social in a meaningful way. But it has the power to change the game in an open source and moral way.

5 thoughts on “The State of Social Media (as I see it)”

  1. Hey Jason Paul, would you like to an invite to Diaspora? If so, please send me an email, and I’ll send you one.

  2. I’m surprised you think Tumblr is a harmless fad. Frankly, I initially did too, but it seems to be growing. I just read somewhere a little while ago that Tumblr had surpassed WordPress (which I use for my primary blogs) in terms of users. I think that’s a big sign. Tumblr seems to be a cross between Twitter and traditional blog services.

    1. I admit I have a bias towards open-source and self-hosted software. Tumblr is none of those. When I’m touting WordPress I mean the .org open source version not the .com for-profit version which may indeed be in competition with Tumblr and in that case could be perceived as being overtaken by Tumblr. But as a .org guy (which is accessible to anyone whose interested) the potential to bypass the need for closed services like Tumblr is the real allure. I see Tumblr more as a Facebook/Twitter hybrid than a real website building platform. That means Tumblr is great for distribution just like Facebook and Twitter. But if you use it as the host repository for all your valued content you could be throwing it away.

      1. I’m not familiar with the open source version of Worpress, I just use the .com, which works find for mine (although I do use my own domain name, just in case I ever decide to switch to another service). I just use Tumblr for fun. But I have noticed more folks using it as their primary blog lately. 

        1. I’m tempted to use Tumblr myself because of the Twittery/throwaway aspect. WordPress encourages me at least to produce more thought-out content. I’m not sure that’s a bad separation. Probably why I don’t see WordPress or Tumblr in any real competition with each other. However WordPress does keep introducing Tumblr-esque features. I think its powerful open source user base will devise a way to keep WordPress as both a source of serious content as well as fast disposable content/media. I’m actually holding out for that as I’m so fragmented already I don’t want to introduce yet another content posting service into my daily flow.

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