22 August 2011

Social Web Activity Changes, Declines

The ever evolving web has seen so many radical changes in our social structure that it is hard - especially for old Geezers like the Professor - to keep up.

I wonder openly if I am just special or just others. For some time I have felt like I cannot keep up. For the past 2 months I was not able to keep my email inbox below my optimum numbers.

It seems that we are all suffering from information overload. The result in my view is that there is far less activity in what can be loosely described in the pleasurable parts of the web. (And no that does not mean spending time on porn sites!).

I actually like sometimes to check out what people are doing in different sectors not just the Travel industry. To see how players are evolving their businesses. How the consumer reacts to the changes in a particular site. I love the Wayback machine it gives such perspective to what we are doing today. But sadly the amount of open time I have available to do this has fallen.

It would seem that I am not alone. According to the GlobalWebIndex “Wave 5 Trends” report, social network usage growth has all but stopped among 16- to 24-year-olds in the US, and in a few countries usage within this already-saturated group is actually declining.

I recommend checking out their global chart and the signing up for their reports.

I believe that the world is experiencing a maturation of sorts and that the "fun" part of social networking has been replaced with repetition and utility.



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