By: Abdulhadi Hafez
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again! Do not be surprised if Twitter falls of the edge in the near future. We wrote a piece called 3 Crazy Digital Media Predictions for 2012 (Death of Twitter?) where we predicted that Twitter may be die down or completely die (you never know.)
Why do we say that? Well it’s not just who are saying it, but many experts such as the best-selling author, Chris Brogan with his latest book titled, Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything, where he stated:
"Google+ posts sent to “public” rank fairly well in Google search results. You can’t get that with Facebook or Twitter these days.”
Today we heard a similar cry by The Next Web with their article, Google is no longer “The Internet” but it’s still going to beat Facebook and Twitter, where they are arguing that Twitter and Facebook cannot catch up with the social media enabled search results Google provides, especially after their launch of the much-debated Google Plus social network and their “search + your world” integration.
Let’s just say you went on Facebook to look up your high school sweetheart and she doesn’t happen to be on the social media site, will Facebook still give you search results from the rest of the Web? Absolutely, and it’s through Microsoft’s Bing-powered web search results. Google is simply doing the same thing when you are using their Google+ social network, but they go a step further than that! What happens when you’re using just the plain ol’ Google? Check out the video for your answer:
This is where the “Search, Plus Your World” comes in, this is the feature that will really hurt Facebook and Twitter. And that’s why Twitter has been recently slamming Google publicly over this feature, claiming that Social Search Changes Are ‘Bad for People’. Some experts express that this claim by Twitter is a sign that its success is starting to get threatened by Google Plus.
I feel like I’m watching the NFL playoffs over here people, and I’m predicting that Google and Facebook will be in the Superbowl, but the match will not just be for a few hours, but rather they’ll be fighting it out for a very long time, each one eagerly trying to get ahead of the race.
By: Abdulhadi Hafez
I know, I know, not another one of those “here are the predictions for 2012” articles, I’m sick of seeing those too. I thought I’d make it more interesting by changing it up a bit to present the crazy digital and social media predictions of 2012, based on expert advice and insights.
Here’s the first outrageous prediction:
1) Twitter will Either Die Down or Die Altogether!
Why is that? The short answer is: Google Plus. The long answer is a really insightful statement presented by The Next Web in their article, What 2012 Holds for Social Media:
"In August, we took a look at what exactly Twitter needs to do to get businesses and brands on its side, and with the launch of Google+ pages, the outlook for the microblogging site wasn’t entirely positive. 2012 has to be the year that Twitter figures out once and for all how to interact with advertising and with brands. And if it wants to be taken seriously, in the face of some pretty fierce competition with Facebook and Google, Twitter is going to have to step it up."
But we think Twitter has no chance of competing with the two giants, Facebook and especially, Google. Google Plus will use their search dominance to put Twitter out of popularity and, eventually, business! Unless, of course, Twitter is able to team up with a search giant themselves, just as Facebook did with Bing.
2) Your Future TV Will Just be a Bigger iPhone or Android Phone
We wrote a really cool piece called, 7 Signs Why Your Future TV Will Just be a Bigger iPhone or Android Phone. With Steve Jobs boasting about how he has cracked the secret to Television in his biography, Google trying to purchase Motorola for $12.5 billion (which also specializes in TV hardware), and Google Plus offering a free 10-person chat called hangout (which we think will be a major selling point for Google to use when they enter the TV industry), there are still many more signs as to why Apple and Google will try to dominate the TV industry, and once they do (if they do!), you can bet your kitten that their TV’s will have the same exact capabilities their phones do, except for one thing: you won’t be able to lift it easily and place it into your pocket (unless you’re King King of course!)
3) Face Recognition & Social Media Will Follow you Everywhere! Literally!
And I mean while you’re walking down the street, waiting for the bus, browsing the mall, standing in front of a vending machine, and even while you’re using the johnny! Have you ever seen the movie “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise? Well, check out the above clip if you haven’t seen it. They had depicted technologies such as scanners and spider robots that could identify a person’s ID and all of their personal info by conducting an eye scan on them.
Now I don’t think it will reach that level anytime soon, but don’t be surprised to see something similar except it will be done using face recognition technologies already found through Facebook’s image tagging feature and the recently released Galaxy Nexus’s face recognition unlock feature.
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing the same face recognition feature being used on you to figure out who you are and grabbing personal information from your social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) to bombard you with relevant ads. We wrote an interesting article, called Advertising in the Craziest, and Least Expected Place and Way on how vending machines have started doing something similar, except they are in the beginner stage. Check out the accompanying video:
But hold your horses, soon enough they should be able to implement something similar to what we saw in Minority Report. But I don’t know about those crazy crawling spider robots man, that may just be a depiction of the weird imagination Steven Spielberg has! But you never know, anything is possible the way technology is advancing nowadays!