Can I still wish you a Happy New Year even though we are now a week in? Anyway, I shall. As you can imagine the past fortnight didn’t see too many updates and developments on the major networks as everybody was too busy eating turkey and playing with their new tablets. Did you get one? Anyway as a result this fortnightly blog post is going to be a little different, I am going to take a look ahead at what 2013 has in store for us all in the world of social media. Let me know your predictions too, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
1. Socialnomics Statistics Reviewed for 2013
Erik Qualman the author of Socialnomics has also created a brilliant video called Social Media Revolution which is a benchmark for all other videos demonstrating the power of social media and is one of the worlds most watched videos. You get the idea – it’s good, very good! As it is such an iconic video it has been updated to include the latest stats and facts for 2013. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do and if you have already then watch it again – the numbers are jaw dropping.
2. Twitter becomes the Tool of Choice for World Leaders
Last month we heard how the Pope was tweeting, we all know that Obama is a great advocate for Twitter but how about all the other world leaders? According to a recent study as many as 3 out of 4 world leaders are now using Twitter. It would seem that greater recognition is being given to the power and potential of social networks. Read more over at All Twitter.
3. Dummies’ Predictions for the Year Ahead
If you want to know what the future holds your first port of call would not necessarily be a bunch of dummies, unless of course they are the authors of the world renowned Dummies Books then you would probably prick your ears and listen closely. This post pulls together the predictions for social media from the authors of the “Twitter for Dummies”, “Facebook Marketing for Dummies” you get the idea – people to pay attention to!
4. Twitter Predictions for 2013
All Twitter devote their time to studying and writing about Twitter so when it comes to predictions I trust their judgement. This post lists 4 key thoughts and covers personalisation, photos and advertising.
5. Your Personal Goals for 2013
Let’s make this personal now, what are you planning to do this year with your social media networks? Do you have a plan or are you scratching your head wondering where to start, if so, this post from Soshable will spark initial thoughts and inspiration. After reading it get a piece of paper and write an action plan so you know where you are heading.
6. Google helps with your New Year Resolutions
Have you got all your new years resolutions in place? How are they going? Maybe on some days you just need a little bit of extra help and support or maybe having some accountability would be the difference between keeping them and not. Whatever the case Google is here to help. You can read all about it at the Google blog or watch the video below:
7. From Predictions to Fallacies
Having had enough of predictions Dan Thornton takes a look at the fallacies of 2013 instead, especially those in social media marketing, a good twist on a new year post over at The Way of the Web.net.
8. Expand your Blog Roll
Blogs are fantastic, they allow you to get to the heart of the matter with people who know what they are talking about (well mostly), they are up to date and of the moment and I recommend that you are always looking to expand the number and range of blogs you read. This post by Danny Brown, provides a great guide to some worthwhile blogs to spend your time reading.
9. Social Media Networks Dominating Around the World
The December 2012 results are shown below. If you want to see how this has changed since 2009 there is an animated map over at The Next Web.
10. New Year Twitter Bonanza
What were you doing on New Years Eve? Did you at any point tweet out a new year message? If so you were amongst great company. As midnight struck in Tokyo and Seoul Twitter was seeing a jaw dropping 33,388 tweets per second. You can read about all the facts and figures at The Next Web.