Monday, January 25, 2016

Big changes to social media, as it gets more person-to-person

Here’s a big Monday morning story by Ryan Holmes, “5 Big Changes Coming to Social Media in 2016” .
A couple of items are striking.  One is the ability to stream live video through social media.  I think that can be done now on Facebook and Twitter, but I rarely do this myself;  I will sometimes tweet pictures or (less frequently) post on Instagram, but I never do this with video until I get home or back to a hotel and use a computer in a conventional way (usually that means uploading to YouTube).   I don’t have the sort of contact with people that requires that much instant transmission of information.

But the article also discusses social media platforms specifically for work, like “Facebook Work”.  That can become problematic for some people because Facebook has eliminated the “double life” on its platform (with real names).  That would not have been workable for me, for example, in the 1998-2001 period when I worked for an insurance company.

Journalists would benefit from these new platforms however, as they must often transmit large video reports quickly.  Right now, most of them use networks set up by their employers.  But, especially for smaller journalistic outlets (like American University’s “News 2 Share” ) one can see how this could be useful.

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