What’s the first thing people do when they wake up? Check Facebook. We are living in the world of social networks and it can be bluntly said that social networking websites are trying to live the world of Facebook, looking to it as their mentor. Social networks are becoming more popular than e-mails. With many new as well as established companies trying to cash into the business opportunities that the internet offers through social networking websites, new social networking trends are emerging which can make or break their concepts, and if they make it taking social networks to a totally different level.
With big names like Google Inc. trying to establish themselves in this growing market with ‘Google Buzz’, which turned into a big disaster due to lack of clarity and purpose. Though they have achieved great success by acquiring ‘YouTube’ and with Gtalk, Orkut etc. but sticking something social on a page doesn’t mean people will instantly use it. There are several examples of social networking sites losing ground due to various reasons; some of these websites include ‘MySpace’ which despite of a total make-over continues to plummet.
After the popularity of video sharing sites like ‘YouTube’; there are new emerging social networking trends, with many websites offering instant sharing of mobile photography which is beginning to blossom and real-time websites like twitter which help share views and thoughts on real-time basis. Another major innovation introduced in social networking is that the sites are going mobile or has major focus on mobile apps, like video sharing sites like ‘YouTube’ and with websites like ‘foursquare’ and ‘SKOUT’ which are revolutionizing online dating through mobile apps. As many predictions show that the future of online dating will involve mobile and social networks that tell about our compatibility with the people around us, the world will indeed become small and mobile.