From what I posted elsewhere… “I remember the online day trading bonanza days. I remember the online poker playing bonanza days. I remember the online writing bonanza days. I was in on all three. But on all three I was not one of the first ones to the party. Just once I'd like to discover the next big thing early and get in on the major score before the inevitable decline that follows.”
I mean seriously. Whatever the next big thing is, the clues and outright signposts are already out there. We just have to recognize them.
Any ideas, thoughts, observations, whatever? Let us make a concerted effort to find the next big thing. It is already there with great, big dollar signs. Just gotta see it.
At some point some enterprising people are going to realize that the dumbing-down of American society needs to be reversed. Can kids do math by hand anymore? Are they writing and reading or playing Farmville? Something's gonna give. What's the product to get people from staring at tiny little screens all day? It's there, just gotta find it and make it universal.
nah. Alphabet (formerly Google) and its YouTube sector are falling fast to the likes of Snapchat, Tinder and Twitter's recent acquisition of Periscope. Oddly, all three of the later technologies are being hammered with porn -amateur and professional.
The OP's question: What's the next big thing? is a valid one but PLEASE paradigmsearch, will you refrain from writing so many posts with random words or we will be so put off, we won't come here to respond. Actually, I must thank you. Your droll-like behavior proves my next point:
What people need People don't want to read much anymore; especially when they get nothing out of it. People prefer to quickly learn and be entertained simultaneously. That way the pleasant experience and information is gladly remembered and shared.
Good call. I'm a huge consumer of edutainment and so is my partner. I watch science videos of things I know already for the entertainment value. I put them on the television while I'm cleaning or watch them on my tablet in bed when I'm having a bad lupus day. My partner always has some science videos bookmarked to keep him busy if he has to wait for any amount of time.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an edutainment superstar I admit watching mainly because he's adorable, has a wonderful voice, and he's kind of taken up the passionate pop-science torch from Carl Sagan. The material he covers is so elementary, but he could read the damned phone book and I'd listen to it.
I also read loads of pop-science books and articles for entertainment. They convey the excitement and joy of discovery in a way the straight material doesn't. I consume both but my positive emotions are stimulated by the edutainment variety.
As to short videos, OMG, Ze Frank. If I'm in pain and need distraction from it, a few Ze Frank True Facts About videos will do the trick unless I hurt myself laughing. There is a tiny bit of science in there along with the milk-snorting hilarity.
So how could the formula for Edutainment help us improve Hubpages to go with what's the next best thing on the Internet?
speed + good info + high quality + tasteful + fun _____________ viral exposure
1. Shorten the word count? Make text to media ratio 1 para text to 1 video/media? * "media" to include, tables, maps, polls, quizzes, & any other interactive/engagement feature.
2. Introduce carousels / slideshows?
3. Restrict number of still photographs and increase number of original videos?
4. Diminish number of ads? The next best thing on the internet is recognising that people are sick of adverts. Most informed internet users today have an advert blocker in place, so they never see the ads. There are other ways than selling ad space to make money to maintain a site. Some sell Ebooks, Cd's, Apps, merchandise, all related to the subject matter viewed.
5. Give members of HP a shop option? FaceBook did it. This idea would perhaps attract small businesses rather than reminiscing retirees.
What do you think? We've gotta go with the flow...
What can we do to bring HubPages up to date with current and near future trends?
The US population pyramid is at its fattest between the ages of 24 to 54
Or, more narrowed down, between 35 and 40. Many of those are young families with children. 5 to 10 year olds are not far behind. If we see what attracts the kids' attention today, we get a signal for near future trends.
This. Is. Awesome. The population and timing are definitely in place for such an idea. Combining summarized, factual, yet entertaining information, delivered in real-time is brilliant (and so needed). In less than 5 years most major primary, secondary -and even collegiate institutions- will be fully digital anyway -else 50% hybrid digital:brick-mortar.
Already the K-12 concept has reached 10-50 million households successfully. I can definitely get behind and build software for this kind of idea. Let's talk tech!
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