So I know when people think about social media websites, they usually think of: facebook, myspace, twitter etc. There’s one website though that I feel is more popular and even more important in terms of social media… Youtube. I had this realization, while on youtube, watching a youtube video, ironically about youtube. Here are some facts that I found really interesting: Obviously millions of videos are watched daily. These videos cover every imaginable topic. Although youtube doesn’t have status updates about Kanye West’s antics at the VMA’s, it is the first place people turned to when they wanted to see it. It is the most powerful social media site because it gives life to the status updates of twitter.
Every minute, ten hours of content is uploaded to facebook. That is absolutely astounding! It’s a never ending supply of video and information. Whether you want to see a newscast, or you want to watch Old Greg, Youtube is connecting the world as never before.
In an article I read by Danny Sulivan, he reported that google may finally see some competition. Google has been the dominate search engine for over a decade now, but these days may one day be unimaginably numbered. Microsoft has launched its own search engine called bing, which is slowly creeping into the vocabulary of the public. I can’t imagine seeing someone say that they “binged” something to search for it (it sounds so dirty) however this is a possibility. On top of that, facebook is 300 million strong and is gaining new members by the thousands. Their search application in the social networking phenomenon may compete directly with google one day. In fact, it may even replace it with more accurate searching. Only time will tell but regardless, its really odd to imagine people saying they binged, tweeted, or facebooked their questions instead of googles. Hey I guess everything is constantly changing today, and even empires like google, may one day be threatened