Friday, 30 December 2011

2012 predictions? Not here!




I've been doing this blog for just over two and a half years now (not that I'm counting or anything). Over that period of time, I've seen a lot of trends in social media and technology come and go. At the end of the year, everybody likes to wind down by publishing their year-end lists of the sites they've enjoyed using over the past year, and what they think will be big next year.

Nine times out of ten, the experts are wrong. If I made a prediction, I'd probably be wrong too. Anything could happen in the tech world. None of us thought that Google+ would be here with us this year.

So what I thought I'd do is let you know the two 'things' that I'm really looking forward to using more of in 2012.

Pinterest: I've been using Pinterest for the best part of about eight months now. I was introduced to it by my girlfriend, who loves to trawl the internet for cool bits and bobs for our house. It seems to be getting a lot of tech press at the moment, and good for them. The idea behind the site, people sharing their tastes, what they like and what they'd want in their home/wardrobe/bed etc, is a really cool one. It provides a great place to store all of those pictures you love without stealing the link juice from the site that originally posted it. It's going to be even better when it's fully open, which is what I hope will happen soon.

I've noticed a but of an upturn in account activity around me in the past week or so - more of my friends, male and female, are starting to use it.

I love using the site, and the app. Although the fact that I use it mainly to post creepy pictures and horror movie posters may mean that I'm not really using it in the same way that the majority of people are (house decorating, clothes and homewear-hunting).  But I love it, and I get a real kick out of people re-pinning my pins.

Follow me on Pinterest here if you like.

Path: Path is one of those handy little apps that you don't really think you need at first. But the fact that It only allows you to have up to 150 friends (Dunbar's number) on there is a massive plus, alowing you to me more selective, and prioritise meaningful relationships over transient, 'fast' friends.

It's helpful, clutter-free, and it looks good. I can post to my Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare accounts simultaneously. I don't have any friends on there yet, but I use it as a way to post to multiple platforms without seeing noise from my Twitter and Facebook feed. One way? Nope, just a time-saver. I can still reply using the Facebook and Twitter apps. The clean look and feel of Path just makes it really pleasurable to use.

I know this is a simple post, but I also know there is a lot of guff out there at the moment on which sites are going to be big, and which aren't. I just thought I'd share some of what I like!

Hope you all have a happy new year's eve. See you in 2012.