I just read an article about every 60 seconds in social media this weekend. The inforgraphic showed amazing data about how social media inundate the web with their status updates, tweets, and photos in a single minute. http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/25/60-seconds-social-media/
“Every 60 seconds in social media, two million videos are viewed on YouTube, 700,000 messages are delivered by way of Facebook, 175,000 tweets are fired off into the ether, and 2,000 Foursquare check-ins tell the world where we are.”
It’s not that surprised to see the heavy usage of social media in today’s society, but it made me thinking about how the new social media sites become competitive in this fierce competition. Pinterest launched on March 2010 which was just about two years, but it has already become one of the top 10 social networks. Why do you think Pinterest become so popular in this short period of time? What do you think about the development of social media in the next decades?
Pramod Nayar’s article talked about cyberculture identity issue which reminds me of a new policy for weibo (Chinese twitter). “Cyberspace allows one to pick an identity, to masquerade, mimic, and transcend bodily identities and interact with the world as somebody else. In a world where race, class, gender, and sexuality ca become obstacles in interactions with the world, cyberspace allows one to choose an identity that may have nothing to do with one’s “real-life” gender or race.” Since it’s not necessary to use real identity, people could pretend to be others and misrepresent news to the masses. It always happens that someone use a celebrity’s identity to defraud fans on microblog. Misrepresentation is also a common issue due to the freedom of cyberculture identity. Due to these reasons, weibo launched a new policy which encouraged people to register with real name and information. I think it should be helpful to control identity thief and misrepresented news, but people who enjoyed anonymous posting will lose interest in microblog. What do you think about cyberculture identity?