Our Future Around Facebook and Twitter — guest post from Gen Y-er Zahid Lilani

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I couldn’t wait.

Sharisax Is Out There has been featuring a series of reviews on the book Putting the Public Back in PR, but one of my most conscientious SFSU students wrote this wonderful article on Gen Y and social media.

Without further ado, here is Zahid:

Guest Poster Zahid Lilani: Voice for Gen Y

Guest Poster Zahid Lilani: Voice for Gen Y

Social Media has changed the way we communicate and stay connected. Not that it will ever replace face-to-face interaction, still it has become a popular way to communicate for Generation Y. 90% of U.S. adults are online and 80% of U.S. online adults participate in social media.

“Social Media is no longer the cool and fun thing that fascinates imagination with all the bells and whistles, it is more like a necessity for Generation Y.”

Who is the Generation Y? I am the Generation Y, my generation created Facebook and Twitter and my generation will dictate the future of social media.

The idea behind Web 2.0 or social media revolution was to change the way our generation communicates, we now decide what’s worthy, what to vote up and what to vote down. Being more well versed with Facebook and Twitter, this is what I think our future will look like:

Facebook ID Implementation Across Major Platforms

Most websites are implementing an excellent feature on to their websites, it is called Facebook Connect. In plain English, if you go to a website and have to register to login, you won’t have to create another user id and password. You will be able to connect using your Facebook ID and Password. Still in its earliest stages, most developers are implementing this concept into their programming because of the immense power of social media. You can read more about Facebook Connect here.

Twitter Household
The idea behind Twitter Household is that everything in your house can communicate with you if you provide it with the right tool. The tools are still in its early stages but the technology is already there, it is Twitter. If that was vague, here are couple of examples:

Laundry: The Washing Machine Hack, created by Ryan Rose, sends text message (SMS) notifications over Twitter when clothes are done. You can follow his Washing Machine here.

Power Usage: In future, if you are energy conscious or plain curious about the power usage in your household, you can use Tweet-a-Watt which will update you using Twitter on your power usage.

Both Facebook and Twitter are immensely powerful in what they can accomplish and with time they will evolve and become more mature. What do you think your life will be like around Facebook and Twitter two years from now? What else do you think you will be able to do on Facebook and Twitter besides information sharing and gathering?

Check out Zahid’s blog: his most recent post will help you convert your WP.com blog to a self-hosted one at WP.org in five easy steps.

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   14 September 2009
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Sep 15, 2009
2:44 am
#1 Tony Hurst :

The washing machine thing sounds silly, right?
What about a message that the parking meter is running out?
What about natural disaster alerts?
How about a tweet when somebody enters your residence’s front door while you’re at work?
How about a tweet from your car identifying its geographic location based on GPS? (Hopefully its in the parking lot. What if its not?)
Simple engineering on the same technology.
How about tweet-ordering a pizza?

Twit-dating could be novel except that I’ve already dated my fair share of twits.

Author Sep 15, 2009
12:23 pm

Zahid, any further comments?

Sep 19, 2009
3:00 pm
#3 LOveJazzieB :

I feel that the websites are popular now but some where down the line people will realize its more to life then just a website & just because it can get better doesn’t mean its bettering them.

Sep 19, 2009
3:01 pm
#4 Guadalupe Ortega :

I enjoyed reading your article.
It’s great to learn about how many new things can be brought out to the world. For example, the whole twitter household seems really interesting, but impossible.

But I can’t really say impossible because it’s a newer generation, which means newer technology, which i can agree to believe that anything is possible if you just try.

I also like the whole idea of how you can conserve energy. There is a lot of energy wasted in about a minute, so we need to start conserving it.

Overall i really enjoyed reading the article and hearing new great creative ideas.

Sep 19, 2009
3:03 pm
#5 Maurice :

I think that the social media is getting too personal in our everyday life. Having tweets come to you telling you your laundry is done is making people lazy. Instead of relying on yourself, you are relying on a media network telling you your clothes are done.

Let’s say for example that your computer isn’t working on the day you are washing your clothes and you cell phones isn’t an iphone that can have the internet update without trouble. We must limit social media like I said before — it should only be used to talk to people who can’t use a cell phone but have a laptop or a computer. I don’t want something telling me what to do all the time.

Sep 19, 2009
3:04 pm
#6 Donna Briggs :

I enjoyed reading this blog as social media (sm) HAS changed the way we communicate. SM has taken over simple writing with pencil and paper and talking via telephone. If Gen Y aren’t texting, they’re tweeting! Pretty soon movies such as “Matrix”, “IRobot” and others related to electronics/computerized robot forms taking over the world and everyday task and etc. will be todays way of living. So long pencil to a paper hello Social Media…

Sep 19, 2009
3:06 pm
#7 Briitany :

His idea on twitter household makes sense. If you don’t know how to use or fix something, twitter household can help shed some light on the situation. It can reveal instructions and important compounds that you did not know before.

I understand that The internet is the future but it should not have more power than the People. People of the past and present invented, created and destroyed numerous things without the use of the internet. The capacity of our ability is unlimited; therefore we should take what we can from the internet, social media and apply it to our lives and throw it out there for all to question and understand, without it taking over our lives.

Sep 19, 2009
3:06 pm
#8 Diana Litxayaleuth :

I agree with Tony Hurst who made a good point about the washing machine tweeting you when it is done.It is pretty silly I mean it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know when your clothes are done. It’s pretty much laziness.

A message about your meter running out is helpful, so you won’t get a ticket. My question refers to the line “my generation created Facebook and Twitter and my generation will dictate the future of social media.”

Were there other websites with social media before gen y’s creation? Why is FB or Twitter better? Why didn’t Gen X create social media, was it lack of equipment? I think we should just leave the social media to keeping in contact with friends, playing games, blogging, finding out information, and gossip. I’m still not convinced that it will help us with our laundry and tweeting us. BUT you never know what a person or group of people can do.Time will show and tell us everything.

Sep 19, 2009
3:07 pm
#9 Keil Schirrmacher :

It’s just a little too much development in something that can be changed at any time.

There ARE hackers and they do learn how to change data. Tha’ts the biggest problem with not just social media but digital media. The only thing that cannot be changed is the past, and anything digital can and at some point will be changed or deleted. It doesn’t mean that it,s bad idea — just that there is a major problem with that. That is a very big flaw. If we end up with our electronics being able to connect with the internet and receive its settings through your phone, there is a huge possibility that you’ll lose a lot of money.

Sep 19, 2009
3:07 pm
#10 Misgun :

Social media has changed the way our generation communicates. I like the idea of using the same ID and password to all social media sites.
Social media will have a great impact in making life easier for everyone.
I think we don’t should rely on those social media too much because they could cause laziness. For example, the washing maching hack is not necessary. It will make people lazy and also make them expect all of their work to be done on those social media.

Sep 19, 2009
3:08 pm
#11 Yuet Tse :

I believe the future of Social Media will be successful.

I thought those websites asked me to login my facebook account, they tried to hack my account. But I was wrong, now I know they are using Facebook Connect because I read this this.

Sep 19, 2009
3:09 pm
#12 Mai Nguyen :

How did you come up with the Twitter household? Do you think people would still use either Facebook or Twitter in the next two years?

Sep 19, 2009
3:23 pm
#13 Rhonesha :

I’ve noticed that it isn’t really an option anymore to not have some form of social media. If you don’t have a myspace you probably have a facebook. If you don’t have friend feed you’re probably on twitter.

At my old High school you were seen as “uncool” If you didn’t have a myspace. The whole social networking thing was cool at first. It was fresh and new –unlike anything I had ever experienced. But now, I think it’s a little much. It seems like there is a new site developed every couple of months.

Sep 19, 2009
4:05 pm
#14 toni rochelle :

The first thing i do in the moring is on go on twitter and facebook. It has become a habit of my daily task and has helped my social life in many ways.

I believe that facebook and twitter will be around for awhile because I know others feel the same as I do. I mean even little kids know how to use these sites. Our genation has made these sites blow out any other sites on the net so facebook and twitter is the bomb shell of the net.

It is the biggest social networking of these days: people are losing their jobs, starting their pwm busineses and sell their products along with writing their books. So it’s the best……

People who hace never used the computer want to learn how now because of these sites, so theywon’t be going awy any time soon. They are such great tools if you use them for the right things.

Oct 24, 2009
9:16 pm
#15 Charles Balcher :

The fast pace of Social Media will leave the non-paticipants in the dust.

Author Oct 24, 2009
9:38 pm
#16 Shari Weiss :

Chuck . . . until the “dust gets in their eyes.”

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