There comes a point when we wonder how many more changes our technical and digital world can make. Just when we thought we’ve seen everything we could in social media advancements, this week proved us completely wrong.
Twitter Town Hall – Proudly dubbing himself the “first president to live tweet,” Barrack Obama stepped into the nest on July 6 to answer political and economic questions from his fellow Americans. Granted the right to use over 140 characters, the @Townhall account was seen as a passage from traditional politics into a new and modern way for government officials to gain young supporters while taking advantage of the capabilities social media has to offer.
Google+ – A new social media powerhouse is lurking on the horizon, or at least it seems that way. Google, as we all know, is the most popular search engine armed with many other well-liked sites. After a past failed attempt to knock Facebook out of the ring, Google is at it again. With many features Facebook seems to be lacking or needs to improve on, such as content privacy between friends and video chat (we’ll get to that more in a minute), Google+ is bringing out all of the stops to knock down their mighty foe. Between Google+, Facebook and Twitter, it will be interesting who stands tall at the end of the social war.
Facebook Announcement – The recent announcement of the merging between Skype and Facebook has faced some harsh skepticism in the past few days. As we all know, the social movement has somewhat impeded our ability as humans to actually talk to one another. Instead of calling, we text. Instead of regular gestures like smiling or shaking hands, we insert emoticons. This new movement to include video chat is almost contradictory to how Facebook works. In some instances it may work (long distance relationships, video conferences, chatting with loved ones overseas, etc). On the other hand, actual face-to-face communication may, dare we say it, scare people.
Are these improvements actually setbacks? Do you see yourself using any of these new services? If you’re one of the “chosen ones” with early access to Google +, what do you think of it?