A couple of days ago I capitulated and activated my Twitter account (all Mai‘s fault !). Mostly because I want to understand. I have therefore completed the star of my Social Media tools and am increasingly realizing that there are some areas of overlap like status updates and messaging: when a friend sends me a message on Facebook, I reply via Twitter and involve a third person via email, the whole conversation verges on the disconnected. Is this still efficient?
How many times will I want to update my status? How many times will I accept to login?
I just connected my blog to Twitter using twitterfeed, thereby eliminating the need to tweet my blog posts – in itself probably a despicable habit, but I just can’t see myself telling the world “Uh! Oh! it’s raining cats & dogs, here !”
I think a shakedown & refocus is in the making: I admit that my love for clean UI is influencing my predictions which therefore are probably all wrong, but there you go.
My crystal ball sayeth:
- email usage will drop (like we’ll get half of what we get now): most of the personal crap will migrate to more personal platforms
- free, web-based (consumer) email will wither, spam will die
- professional focused tools like LinkedIn will shed all the social cruft (status updates, messaging) and return to a simpler, starker UI
- assuming proper integration, I wish the blog + twitter combo would triumph over facebook, but given its enormous headstart, I predict FB will take on blogs AND Twitter by adding a blogging platform (like Typepad, for example) and robust microblogging features
At the end of which we may be left with a couple of tools for the professional world (LinkedIn and email) and one for our own lives (the son of Facebook)