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On the growing presence of Social Media

August 30, 2010

In response to the question, “How pervasive will social media be five years from now?” Biz Stone says:

I hope it’s less pervasive. I hope we can get sophisticated enough so that people aren’t hunched over computers, spending hours looking at their friends’ photos. Instead of doing that, the information you want will come to you, allowing you to save money, save time, or serendipitously meet up with a friend.

Because computers–all technology, really–should contribute to quality of life rather than downgrade it. I like Clay Shirky’s idea of “cognitive surplus” used in this fashion: if it’s something that can be done by robots, then if we’re still doing it the old-fashioned way, it had better add something to our lives that can’t be replicated by having a robot do it for us. That extra energy could (and should) be directed towards more productive activities.

Quote from Inc.com’s article, “Social Media Grows Up“.

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