The final day at the Web 2.0 Expo seemed close to what a zombie convention might be like – people shuffling around looking tired and drained, but motivated by some unknown force to consume the nutrients from the brains of the speakers…
Okay, maybe that is a little extreme, but still everyone looked truly exhausted. The final day of the event was a good one, and what I took away was that while the term “social media” may evolve into various other terms, the concept itself is not just a trend. And here’s why: the kids are the ones in control and the kids are going to continue to develop new and more advanced interactive communities/technologies.
There has been a major culture shift. Today, people want to connect with real people. They want transparency. A great example of how this is already making an impact is Beth Noveck’s (Executive Office of the President/OSTP) work toward putting open government into play. This includes sharing government data with the people for full transparency. (She also had a great comment about the importance of “Do-Tanks” versus “Think-Tanks” that I just loved!)
So this is it, the end of my week of social media madness. The event overall was really great and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to go. I’ve never felt more excited about the future, and if you have any doubts just remember this: