Friday, 24 December 2010

Why Social Media predictions are pointless

I’m sure that you all realise that it’s that time of year where all of the great and good in the world of technology, sports, music and everything else in the world, start making predictions about what the next year will hold in store for their relative fields?

Me? Frankly, I can’t be bothered. I’ve given up trying to make predictions, as I’d rather focus on the present and just work with what I have, not a hypothetical social toolkit that chances are may not exist in 12 months time.

And besides, at this time of year, I think we should be taking stock and counting our blessings above all else. I live in a developed country. I spend my time worrying about online communities, rather than worrying about where my next meal is coming from. I have clothes on my back, and it’s all because I work in a job that, if we’re talking about predictions here, back when I started my education, DIDN’T EVEN EXIST.

Back in 1987, online communities were barely even seeds. The social media evolution of the past six or seven years hadn’t even happened yet. Nobody I knew, or my parents knew, had a mobile phone. Things are a bit different now, aren’t they? Well, a bit. Some people were predicting that we’d be living on the moon by now.

There are two types of people in this world when it comes to technology. Those who predict, and those who just do it; who disrupt the apparent order that enables us to make secure predictions. who aim to change the way we do things not by hypothesising, but by showing us the change and taking us with them.

Don’t play it safe by making a link-baiting predictions list - use your time more constructively. Make an impact socially, implement a new project, just get out there.

Ghandi said it best: Be the change that you want to see in the world.

So, today when I sat down in front of my laptop to try and bash out a 'this is what I think will happen in 2011' blog post, I accidentally received a really cool gift - the gift of perspective.

Merry Christmas!