Social media is the term used to content that enables users to interact and share their thoughts real time. Since the boom of the internet, Ways of interacting online developed, from internet relay chat to clicking that like button on Facebook. With this rapid change, what will be the future of social media?
First, we must assess how we use the social media. With millions of netizens, a single information can travel across the net faster than you can say pron. netizens use it to relay info to their "buddies" at any chance they can get. With twitter and plurk at their disposal, delivering news can be done in an instant.
Like the internet itself, social media can be a double-edged sword. anything posted online is unmoderated, unedited and uncensored. Some people may remember Jacque Bermejo and the rage of the Filipino people because of her alleged "statement". Some believed it, some didn't, and that's the problem with social media, Everything is believable.
On the brighter side, social media can be a powerful tool to help save lives and spread awareness to the people.. The Rescue InfoHub during the Ondoy devastation and the #juanvote internet-based campaign for the 2010 National Elections.
With the rapid growth of mobile communications, social media is accessible to almost everyone who has an internet connection. More users, more content shared online. More participation, more communication. If you are walking on the street and you happen to see an incident worth telling to others, you grab your cellphone, use your favorite social media network and share the information. Expect a quick response and a "repost" (retweet or replurk for some) and within seconds, thousands already knew what happened on that place. When you go home, the evening news will deliver that information (which apparently was taken from the internet).
In the future, privacy will be a major issue. Identity theft and false accusation will grow rampant. Scams will be more creative and con artists will have their feast. but, social media may also be the one thing that can save your life in an emergency.
Ultimately, the future of social media depend on the users themselves.