Want to know my thoughts on the debate “Is Facebook a Fad?” Keep reading.
Do I think social media will ever become obsolete? No.
Do I think Facebook will always be the top social networking site? No.
If anything we’ve seen in public relations over the past few years, there has never been a shortage of new media outlets, blogs and ways to connect with people across the room or across the world. Therefore, I think it is foolish for anyone to assert that today’s most prominent social networking site will be the same in 10, 20 or even 30 years.
There is no doubt that the Social Media Revolution is here to stay. However, as society’s demands and expectations about how we should interact change, social media sites will both lead trends and follow patterns of behavior.
As a 20 year-old woman, I remember the day I:
- got my first cell phone at 13 years old
- signed up for Facebook right before my freshman year of high school
- started a Twitter account the summer after senior year
- created a LinkedIn profile my freshman year of college
- started this blog as a college sophomore
People use different social media sites depending on what information they seek and want to share, and it certainly affects the way we grow up and learn to socialize. In public relations terms, social media has made it a thousand times easier to reach people with a company’s message, while making every move more visible and accountable. Social media certainly has its pros and cons, but the potential to do great things for individuals, companies, countries, and ideas makes me certain that my (in the very far future) grandchildren will have at least heard of the visionary Facebook, even if they are not using some version of it themselves.