The Exciting Future of Social Media

Social Media has grown tremendously over the years. I remember the first social media platform that my generation used was Sconex. The only way to get to that website from my middle school’s computer was to use a mirror site which is just a replica of the website you were trying to visit because the official site was blocked. Even though it was something new to me as a young teen it was very exciting because you could communicate with all of your friends outside of school and you did not have to stay on your parents’ house phone. With this social platform even if people were not online the same time as you, a message can be left for them to see either publicly or privately depending on who you wanted to see it. From this first platform that I was introduced to grew and exploded into many more social sites such as myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram just to name a few of the most popular ones. With these social media platforms constantly in expansion; adapting to peoples’ need to stay connected has become priority moving forward into the future with new technologies. Although social media is a platform with great positives points such as keep in touch with friends/family, sharing ideas along with making new connections, growing a brand etc; it also has many negative aspects like the loss of privacy, identity theft, getting hacked, and being unable to be social outside of the network.

Today, being able to send wireless mail seems rudimentary to a society that is constantly connected. A lot of people have home computers, laptops, tablets, and require wifi in their homes. But almost everyone you pass in the street owns some sort of smartphone which makes it easier than before to get on your social media platform of choice. Not only can you access these websites from your browser but most social sites can be accessed from an app created specifically for the platform. Social media grows along side technology. Being able to quickly unlock your device and gain instant access to information and people around the world has grown into billion dollar infrastructures that continue to provide people with new ways to stay connected. Facebook is at the forefront of the race, it has always been a social media website but over the years it has grown into more of a conglomerate. Facebook has acquired many different websites such as face.com which specializes in facial recognition technology, karma ( a gift-giving app), a messaging app called whatsapp, and the very popular instagram app where you share photos and video with your followers. Facebook has recently rolled out a new feature which allows people to “go-live” and have the ability to record a video session where people can leave comments as you stream. Facebook has also purchased virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion which is the maker of a virtual reality helmet named the oculus rift. With this new technology it will open Facebook’s potential into gaming, communication and education. The business of Facebook is constantly growing, “Think of Facebook as a hub that is constantly growing and changing. It has some products that are doing well, some that are growing. Some that are in the works, and others that have died. But Facebook is trying, especially through acquisitions.” and it does not seems to be slowing down anytime soon. But one thing that has a lot of people concerned with the use of social media platforms such as Facebook is the security of their privacy.

Security is a big concern with the use of social media. Mostly everything you put online will be there forever and for everyone to see. Over the years the increase of hacking with not only social media sites but other businesses and even banks have been susceptible to these people looking to gather your personal information. I know plenty of people that have had their Facebook profile’s hacked and unable to regain access to them. There is also the fact that there are technologies used to recognize your face which if placed in the wrong hands can be another way of breeching privacy that may lead to identity theft. Social media apps have you update them regularly with new features and potential security risks. I believe moving forward there will me more potential for peoples’ security to be at risk. The idea of staying connecting gives people the false idea that they should be sharing every single aspect of their lives and the more information you put online the more is collected. This personal information just does not disappear, it is added to your very own personal online identity which for the most part can be tracked being that people frequent many social media sites. But as many risks as there are if you are aware of them there are many steps that can be taken to protect yourself online heading into the future and being prepared can give you an advantage which social media and technology moving forward.

There has always been risks to using social media but if you understand how to use and protect yourself and use it properly it can be a very useful tool. It is good to let people know certain aspects of your life that you are proud of not every little thing. The more you post unconsciously of the content more information can be gathered about your personal life, whereabouts, etc which is all recorded. It is impossible to be 100% secure but the more you know the better your chances of your information not being spread around the internet. Besides the risks which should be accounted for, the future of technology is very exciting. There have been so many advancements over the years that it is exciting for people to get into the latests thing and I think thats what the future of social media is all about, the excitement. From the first platform I used Sconex to many years later where Facebook has turned the idea of social media into a full grown business, people are always looking for the latest and greatest thing. New phones, new experiences, what people are looking forward to and with technology moving just as fast people will always be excited for the future of whats to come.

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