With the constant change in technology and advancements with social networking, staying in touch and being connected is easier and more widespread than ever before. It seems as if yesterday everyone was signing on for their 3G internet, and now released just this past June came 4G broadband. Usage of the Internet is growing, and with the technology available to users it’s no surprise that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.
Author Adam Ostrow of Mashable predicts “mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to surpass 1 billion worldwide by 2013.” Currently, the most popular forms of media taking over the Internet are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but how long will these names stay in the game? It is expected that they won’t, and other forms of media such as radio and television will slowly fade as well. We’re already seeing an increase of TV usage streamed from the Internet along with music and talk shows. Ostrow explains that car companies such as Ford have created a way for users to stream Pandora radio in their cars.
So what can be expected for the future of social media? We can definitely expect more applications to fit the needs of all users, especially with several companies advancing their technologies to attract consumers. More than ever, we will see an increase in connectivity and users online whether it’s through their car stereo or mobile device. Ostrow notes that the future doesn’t look much different from today, but we certainly will notice an expansion.
Read more at: http://mashable.com/2010/09/07/next-5-years-social-media/