You may not know me but a quick Google search for Erin Blaskie will tell you everything that you need to know about me (and probably many things you don’t need to know) in a matter of minutes.
I’m what most people call an over-sharer.
How does this tie into social media? Social media is the act of sharing information with others and building and engaging in relationships. That’s not a definitive definition but rather the Erin version of the definition. Due to the nature of social media, there are many types of sharing available. You can share:
- Photos of yourself
- Status updates
- Your current location
- What you’re listening to
- What you’re reading
- And more…
Since there are many mediums to choose from, some people choose one or two and some people, like me, choose them all and become an over-sharer overnight.
The way that I see it is that there are really five groups of sharable information.
If we review the current websites or applications that support each of these arms of information, we’ve got:
- Videos “ YouTube (recorded) and Ustream (livecasting)
- Audio “ Blip.fm, Grooveshark, iTunes, Audio Acrobat
- Location “ Foursquare, TripIt
- Photos “ Flickr, Daily Booth, Facebook photos, TwitPic
- Status Updates “ Twitter, Facebook status, IM status
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive but these are some of the major players in each of these spaces.
Each of these arms provides us with the opportunity to share information with a lot of different people, quickly. From an outsider’s perspective, they can gather a lot of information about who you are as a person, what your interests are, who your friends are and your relationship status without ever having a conversation with you.
This is also known as over-sharing.
If all of these options popped up in full force during 2009, where are we headed in 2010?
Over-sharing was extremely popular in 2009 as it defined us as human beings who were now alive on the Internet. People who were unique and had their own space on the web.
I think moving forward we’re going to see the death of a lot of unused and less popular social media networks. I think we’ll see the popular sites continue to find ways to integrate between each other and the tools will get smarter.
Mobile technology will continue to rise up in an alarming rate and if the sharing sites don’t keep up with the momentum and stay current, they’ll get left in the dust. People will continue to look for easier, faster and more efficient ways to share their life perspective with the world.
Over-sharing isn’t going away. It’ll only become bigger and more people will be sharing in spaces they never played in before. More people will be sharing their true authentic selves and transparency will continue to be a buzz word into 2010.
I do think though that the desire for more high quality ways to share details and information with specific groups of people will come into high demand. It has already started toward the end of 2009 with sites like www.networkhippo.com and www.gist.com. People want a relevant network so that when they share, they are interacting and engaging with the right people.
These are just my predictions on social media and over-sharing… what do you think?
About the author: When you think of passionate love affairs, it’s not often that you also think about Internet Marketing. However, when you meet Erin Blaskie, you realize that those two things meld together in a way that just makes sense.
Erin Blaskie started her first company at the age of 21. After launching BSETC, a professional outsourcing team, she joined forces with some of the top Internet Marketers to support, build, grow and sell some amazing companies. To date, Erin and her team have serviced over 300 entrepreneurs in countless countries around the world.
As a multi-faceted entrepreneur, Erin has been featured in three print books; honoured as Office Arrow’s 2008 Runner-Up Business Woman of the Year; interviewed by countless gurus and media personalities; featured in major news outlets such as ABC and CBC; and asked to speak at both national and international events.
You can learn more about Erin at http://www.erinblaskie.com.
Original photos can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsetc/sets/72157623058770132/.