The last post I wrote on slowmorningblog higlighted the explosion of social network Pinterest and the idea of “living online” (or living through your social networks). I decided to continue writing on this subject because it intrigues me (although this post will be short and more a flurry of additional thoughts).
As we continue to see more successful social networks and applications dominate the Web (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – the list goes on), no one is denying that digital has become an integral part of our existence as human beings. The social Web has become a part of us, and most of us realize our desire to share our experiences with others isn’t something that casually comes and goes – social is something that has been built into us. As individuals, we all have different stories and different things we bring to the social Web, and that in itself is what makes social experiences on the Web interesting and also unending. The “digisphere” has become a place for users to share experiences and create experiences; this happens through discovery.
Maybe this is something a lot of you already know. Perhaps I’m repeating myself a bit. I think it’s just because I’m really excited about the future relationship between human beings and social technology. 2011 introduced us ways to listen to music together, watch television and movies together, pay our friends back with our iPhones, and hang out in virtual bars on Facebook. What will 2012 bring? How will social networks of the future inspire us to engage with one another? Inspire us to be different, to be creative, to be successful? Lots of questions, not so many answers (yet), but really fun to think about.
There’s definitely another post or two on this subject in the back of my head somewhere. I just wanted to get a few more words out while it was on my mind. More to come later. In the meantime, tweet me @davehennessy and let me know what your current favorite social network is and why – I’d love to hear!