In the good ol’ days, there was a clear distinction.
- Social networks like MySpace and Facebook let people engage.
- Social bookmarking sites like Delicious and Simpy let people share and stay organized
- Social news sites like Digg and Reddit let people drive traffic to news, images, and videos
The distinctions are going away. The walls that separated are crumbling. Many send share and stay organized through social networks. Others drive traffic through social bookmarks. Even others engage through social news.
Social Media is expanding outward and into each different compartment to the point that it’s all one big thing now. It’s a blob. Social media is starting to include everything. Blogs are no longer just weblogs. They’re part of social media. Music, video, and image sites are no longer just a place to find things – people are interacting.
It’s time that the distinctions ceased altogether. It’s all social media.
As a result, the direction of Social News Watch is changing. While we have always focused on those clearly-stated social news sites, we must grow. Adapt. Just like social media itself.
We’re opening the doors and allowing others to participate as the tight niche that we once filled is being crowded and dissolved. The chances of being able to sustain a high-traffic blog on one writer talking about social news are, well, unlikely.
Anyone interested in offering their expert insights regarding anything social-media-related, I’d love to hear from you. You can always find my contact information here: JD Rucker.
I look forward to the new direction this site is taking.
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