Pinterest continues to be one of the most influential social networks for all types of websites. The runaway site is the fastest growing social network in history, and it continues to gain traffic and influence, sending a great deal of referral traffic to all types of websites.
You hear a lot of talk around the water cooler or among the media about the ways social media is creating anti-social behaviour. For example, people claim or think we have become disconnected with the real world, since we’re overly consumed by our devices.
If you haven’t heard, Facebook has reached an alleged 1B users according to Mark Zuckerberg. This is an amazing accomplishment to say the least. Since I’ve been on Facebook, I’ve had the opportunity to watch it transform, be it through interface changes or through the way people use the site.
Every now and then a campaign will hit the internet and spread like wild fire. We can think of the term viral and wonder what it takes to create a piece of content that can spread so easily. A guy by the name of Michael Dubin out of California managed to figure out, intentionally or not, the perfect way to capture a huge demographic’s attention. And his campaign has me excited. Take a look at his promo video before I talk to you about all of the amazing things he did right:
On May 1, 2011 I wrote an article called Is the Government Trying to Shut Down the Internet. The intent of the post was to generate curiosity and suggest the rare possibility that full government control of the internet is not far away and will affect many of us who live in the west.
More and more Google+ is turning into a smorgasbord of some sort of social media contraption. For many avid users of the platform, it has become a mecca and a safe haven from the likes of Facebook and Twitter. To the chagrin of the hardcore Google+ users, this platform is suppose to go head to head with Facebook, but it is failing in that quest. Let’s face it, the point of the launch of Google+ is to become the prevailing social media platform. To think otherwise is to believe that Google would release a platform to tailor to only a few interested members. And so far, that is what it has become.
In a recent blog atricle, Paul Tassi wrote a post called A Eulogy for Google Plus, in which the author predicts that the new social media platform faces some serious challenges. To put it lightly, it was faced with huge amounts of criticism and attack. And of course, some hardcore Google+ users were quick to call the author names, accuse him of creating an article for link bait and other frivolous accusations.
Well I was lucky enough to receive an invite to Google+ from one of my friends and blogger Derek Martin. And as I expected and wrote about in my earlier post, it wasn’t anything spectacular. I know I’m not giving Google+ much of a chance but I really think that it will be difficult, for the search engine giant to make some ground in the social networking sphere.
You may have heard that Google is about to launch their own version of a social networking platform, similar to that of Facebook. I haven’t been invited to their small sample of test users and so I haven’t even experienced what it’s like. Even so, I give Google+ maybe a year or so to survive.