The Future of Social Networking

Some people can't live with it .. others can't live and work without it ... Social Networking or Social Media. Whatever your life its about - social networking is here to stay and forever expanding like a mini-version of the Internet.

August 25, 2011

Today Crystalinks turned Sweet 16. When I first began my journey with Crystalinks in 1995, online social networking didn't exist. Readers were eager for information and to find others of like mind. Millions turned to Crystalinks as a growing compendium of information that networks and integrates physical sciences, social sciences, pseudosciences, and current events. Crystalinks quickly grew in popularity as did the need for people to make friends and find answers.

From a business perspective, clients needed a better way to market their products and services, so the business aspect of social networking was definitely due to take off quickly eventually becoming a Global Business Intelligence.

With social networking platforms emerging - the Internet became the tools to bring everything together. People wanted information faster and more efficiently and social networking did not disappoint. Social Networking and advancing technology brings the world together as if we are all becoming one, sharing and journeying together towards some greater destiny.

Each year social networking moves forward becoming part of our communication DNA.

For the younger generations social networking is basically becoming their telephone. Verbal communication is being replaced with 140 characters and it's working.

Socia Media to the Rescue

Natural and other disaster face us all the time ... and where have we learned to go for immediately help and information ... social networking - much faster than anything provided by news services.

Social media: Communication hub for disasters?   MSNBC - August 24, 2011

When disaster strikes, emergency trackers and responders realize people are probably more likely to reach for their phones or computers to text, tweet and update their status on Facebook and look for ways to get and give help. Because of that, national agencies are continuing to develop ways to better integrate social media into their plans.

In a half-hour, live-streamed talk hosted by Facebook, representatives from the American Red Cross, National Weather Service and Department of Health and Human Services emphasized the importance of social media, especially after Tuesday's earthquake jammed phone lines and impending Hurricane Irene, which could become a Category 4 storm.

While agencies are fully aware of social media's power to convey information as disaster unfolds and in its aftermath - Joplin was touted as a successful example - they're preaching to people to use it before the worst happens, to prepare for it. They can have at the ready evacuation routes, shelters and safety tips. And lists. Lots of to-do lists, emergency kits.

Trevor Riggen, American Red Cross director of mass care, used himself as an example. In response to Tuesday's 5.8 tremors, the first thing he did, he said, was to text his wife and family that he was OK, and post that status on Facebook. He also ran down the results of two recent surveys the Red Cross conducted, which polled 1,011 telephone respondents and 1,046 online respondents in June