Space and Mobility: Locative Social Media

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The world of geo-social media is indeed a tricky issue to tackle. On one hand the benefits of this kind of networking are seemingly endless. Geotagging and geomapping technology can help people connect in ways never before possible. Things like:

* Creating mobile social networks for people at live events.

* Checking where restaurants, stores and businesses are near you and rating them

* Business people can find others that are involved in their industry.

* Paperless ticketing, where by people can use there smartphone as a digital ticket.

But of course equal is the amount of negative issues that may arise from being so connected. These kinds of things can be:

* Stalking

* Safety concerns about people knowing your whereabouts.

* The balance of control that huge telecommunication companies have over everyday people.

* How much of this kind of information is used by the government and is that ok?

But even with that being said the government and media can also use this kind of technology to help people in events such as local emergencies or even for tracking criminals.

The main problem is I’m simply too dumb to know or even really understand if geosocial media is good, great or potentially dangerous.

How am I (or anyone else) supposed to understand the full ramifications of constantly tracking and triangulating global positioning software through numerous satellites 500km above the earth’s surface in order to give me the heads up on where the pizza place is in this town?

Like I say…I’m too dumb to really know, and we probably all are.

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What Are Some Reasons That Social Networking Sites (SNS) Fail?

Some earlier social networking sites including SixDegrees.com and Friendster, even though initially being popular (Friendster, for example, garnered over 3M members in the first 3 months of it’s launch) suffered a downfall due to many factors.

Launched in the 90’s, and being of the first social networking platforms, SixDegrees was succeeded by newer, more advanced platforms, one of which included Friendster, launched in 2002. Using a similar concept to SixDegrees, Friendster utilized the ‘friend’ concept which included ‘adding’ and having a ‘circle of friends’ online of which one could easily view and ‘connect’ with. It wasn’t until MySpace was launched in 2003 which then saw Friendster proving to become less popular with securing and maintaining members, as MySpace was perceived as being more trendy, and gave it’s members more freedom, such as allowing the use of video and music on one’s profile.

Many people of the 20-25 year age group, began their experience in social media on MySpace. It was almost seen as a competition as to whom would be listed, and where, on a online friend’s “Top Friends”, a MySpace feature, and frequent topic of online and offline conversation. In retrospect, this competitiveness seemed rather childish, and possibly contributed to why many people chose to move on to a platform a little more mature, and less discriminative, like Facebook.