Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Tipping Point

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Whatsapp, Viber, LinkedIn, MySpace, FourSquare, Blackberry Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live.

The above is a non-exhaustive list of social networks or applications that serve the same purpose (more or less): communication and sharing with friends, family, co-workers, etc... But why so many? If Orkut was not enough, we have Facebook, if WhatsApp was not enough, we have Viber. The growth of social media has been very fast-paced. So much that one can consider the current times to be the "tipping point" where individuals are likely to saturate into the existing networks and will tend to ignore upcoming ones. After all, how many times would one enter their personal data and why take the pains to keep them updated.

To summarize: How many social networks should a person join to be considered enough?

1 comment:

  1. There is a dire need of a fixed personal identity, which can be used (or impersonated for that matter) elsewhere. Google has given it a shot recently, everything Google uses only one single Google account (or identity, I must say), YouTube, Gmail, G+, etc. That's one thing.

    The other is the adaptability of the stream of applications, either web or mobile. Times are asking us humans to grow out of attitude of getting hooked only to one entity, as in applications, and to embrace new ones fairly easily. Those who are lazy are unable to cope up, or those with higher levels of limbo-loyalty (my term for loyalty with things that are not going to last long) are definitely going to feel irritated, and hence, these question will keep on coming: How many social networks should I join? To answer: As much as YOU 'like' to!