<< by Renee Revetta on October 16th, 2009
Continuing my summary from Social Media Outlook 2009, after the panel discussed misconceptions and social media success stories, they moved onto the question, “where do you think Twitter will be in 5 years?”
Mobile devices seemed to be where most think Twitter will succeed in the future. Mobile technology was a theme throughout the morning, and platforms like Posterous, Foursquare and BriteKite were mentioned as other upcoming tools. Rohit Bhargava mentioned the ease some of these platforms, like Posterous, bring to updating all of your social network statuses immediately – with the push of one button from your Blackberry (or with tap of one finger from your iPhone). [By the way, the crowd was overwhelmingly Blackberry users - so social app developers, get a move on! We (BB users) are still waiting for a really great Twitter app!]
Whether Twitter popularity or the company itself fades, the panel believes the behaviors associated with Twitter won’t disappear. The practice of sending helpful and interesting links will stick around. And as far as the importance of Twitter links go, they said the real power of link sending and tweeting is in the Retweet. Next, overall predictions about the industry were discussed.