The Long Tail of Social Networking - Uwe Hook
Published: April 13, 2011 at 04:33 AM GMT
|BatesHook's Uwe Hook -- Click on the photo - read Subversions' archives.|
Last Updated: April 12, 2011 at 04:33 AM GMT
By Uwe Hook
First there were portals. AOL, Yahoo and all the other sites with names we don't remember anymore.
Then came Google.
And now there's Facebook.
History has shown us that early dominance doesn't translate into long-term leadership. While Google is still a dominant player in search, they are struggling to remain relevant. Their latest move to tie bonuses to social success smells like Microsoft with a hint of Yahoo!
Facebook is as vulnerable as
Facebook is the dominant Social platform. No doubt about it. But just like Google, they own only part of the pie and the majority of the pie is up for grabs or still in development.
Facebook has been successful in aggregating our social graph. For most people, it's a mess of friends, co-workers, family and weak ties. Our social graph has become a very weak social network: difficult to navigate, even more difficult to control. The truth is: we have hundreds of networks. Our work network, our employer network, our commute network, our hobby network, our family network, our local community network. There are opportunities to develop networks for sporting events, movies, any shared interest.
While I'm writing this, I'm watching the Masters. I would love to tap into a temporary network to share my viewing experience with others. Facebook is not the right platform for it.
I would love to tap into a temporary network of my office building to help with improvements or get to know other tenants better.
I would like to meet somebody within 2 miles to go out for a run. Facebook can't help me with that.
Disposable and temporary networks
The answer could be to develop thousands of disposable and temporary networks. Many location-based apps feel that way: Foursquare is a great tool when attending massive conferences like SXSW but it's a daily nuisance to see my friend checking in at the same Starbucks over and over again. Color has gotten a lot of attention (mostly because of its disastrous launch and $41 million investment) but it's an interesting attempt to tap into network for a moment in time.
However, when I look at all the apps battling for attention on my iPhone, I hope there will be aggregators that can develop disposable/temporary networks based on my interest and location. And integrate new friends into a bigger network. Such a platform would make Facebook feel like Microsoft: too big to be agile.
Uwe Hook is the CEO and Co-Founder of BatesHook, Inc. (www.bateshook.com) and a veteran of the advertising and marketing industry with the goal of building connections between people and brands. Uwe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read all Uwe's MediaBizBloggers commentaries at Subversions.
Check us out on Facebook at MediaBizBloggers.com
Follow our Twitter updates @MediaBizBlogger
MediaBizBloggers is an open-thought leadership blog platform for media, marketing and advertising professionals, companies and organizations. To contribute, contact Jack@mediadvisorygroup.com. The opinions expressed in MediaBizBloggers.com are not those of Media Advisory Group, its employees or other MediaBizBloggers.com contributors. Media Advisory Group accepts no responsibility for the views of MediaBizBloggers authors.
To communicate with or to be contacted by the executives and/or companies mentioned in this column, link to JackMyers Connection Hotline.