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What will be the new leap in social networking?

Updated on February 25, 2012
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Social networking is one of the most popular reasons people access a computer and the internet. It gives us a means by which we can keep in contact with friends and family, keep up to date with news around the world, keep track of our favourite personalities and many more. Some of the the most used are Facebook, Twitter and Google + which offer an on line profile for someone to give out information about themselves and connect with people.

There are also other means of conversation via the internet such as Skype, Windows Live Messenger and others in the same category. These programs offer the ability to text chat instantly with contacts and video/voice chat also.

If we can access peoples on line persona's via the existing social networks, what possibly could the next advancement be? How can we improve on what we already have?

My Ideas

I think the next advancement will come from the current young generation which I myself am a part of being 19 years of age. I have been brought up around the internet and it has played a huge role in my life and how I have socially developed as an individual. The internet has allowed me to interact with friends, access any information that I desire and most importantly gave me the freedom to access the content that I want.

The current internet set up and social networks cover nearly everything that we could desire, we can talk, see and hear each other at the click of a button, what can be introduced that can better this? Well I think the next big thing in social networking is real world interaction. Let me elaborate on this a little more...

If we can use these networks to interact with anyone in the world over the internet in sub communities of personal interests and opinions then what's stopping social networks becoming more of a place to organise mass events such as protests, activities, clubs, sports events etc. I know this is done now with the current set ups but what about the introduction of HD streaming of these organised events? Live commentary? Something that will give the people watching on line a feeling of being present at the location.

I think the biggest advancement we are about to witness is the implementation and use of communities on line. Here at HubPages is a great community of people with diverse interests and knowledge all combining together into one to provide quality content and support for those seeking such help. What if communities that had branched off come together and form movements that could possible revolutionise something we see as normal today.

Implementation of a virtual world will be introduced soon in my opinion. Such as the PlayStation Home feature and Xbox Live Avatars. They allow customisation of virtual people to look like ourselves and we can behave how we do in the real world on line. This can lead to a whole host of new interactions. What if Facebook implemented a new "game" that allowed you to create a character that could be let loose into a virtual world where you can have your own community, home, career.

Some of these ideas are used right now, but are not fully implemented into our everyday lives. The internet in the next 10years is only going to increase in size and speed. New faster internet speeds are being created every years, computers get faster every year, HD is common now, 3D is making another big push, 2160p is in development for formatting content.

This opens up a whole new world for social media and how we interact with it. The Xbox kinect gave me an idea recently too. What if the virtual character that you use on the Xbox was your social media character? Where you control the character physically not just with a mouse and keyboard. How awesome would that be?

These are just some of my ideas on where I think social networking/media will head in the next 5 years. I hope I gave you some food for thought and maybe one day these will be used for our benefit.

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      Wow - What's next? Probably all these ideas will be generated someday into the future with computer social networking, games,videos, holograms and whatnot that hasn't even been invented yet. Interesting Hub - awesome, useful and voted Up.

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      Adamowen 5 years ago from England

      @Genrp Thank you!

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      Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman 5 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

      Great ideas, great hub! I love social networking. You are right that what will come next could be excellent or flop. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Adamowen 5 years ago from England

      @Alisha4u Thank you!

      @Docmo I agree, what will come next could be excellent or could flop.

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      alisha4u 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting one Buddy... You have got something...

      Take it personally: You might just be the next Big Thing !!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Good ideas and conceptualisation. Well done. I personally believe that the explosion in social networking leads to tailored content, tailored advertising and person specific content being channeled through our systems. While at open end this is quite welcoming I fear that the 'open world' model where everyone gets an opportunity to test and experiences various ideas and concepts may be eroded. Its a bit like when books where just books- people read wide and far. Now that we have genres and segmentation people only migrate towards what they like. I may be generalising but I see this all the time.