Take your mind back ten years. You kept in touch with friends and family with lengthy phone calls, text messages and calls were the only reason you used a phone, shopping was done on the high street on a Saturday, and we scarcely knew what the hashtag key was for.
Just ten years ago Facebook.com was bought
Having slowly made its way across the US universities as Thefacebook.com, Facebook purchased the domain Facebook.com for $200,000 in 2005. Later that year, it began to spread worldwide, reaching UK universities in October. Now it is the second most visited website in the world, after Google.
We’ve seen the demise of social networking sites over the years including Friends Reunited and MySpace and seen the rebels of our social groups ‘quit’ Facebook for varying lengths of time, so will the platform even exist in 2025?
Well, the figures suggest the social network is still growing strong. And with just over 38% of the world’s internet users using Facebook, there’s still room for the platform to grow.
There will still be a need for social media but the way we communicate will evolve
Facebook claim their mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Whether we buy into that or not, we’ve all come to rely on Facebook more than any other social network. We stay connected with friends, family, old school friends, and workmates. We upload photos, create events, and find out what’s going on in the world. And if anything we look set to use Facebook more and more like the way we communicate evolves.
Wearable tech and connected home devices
Already wearable technology such as smartwatches and fitness bands are collecting huge amounts of rich data about their owners so how does this fit into the future of social media marketing?
Just imagine Nike being able to send you a public tweet or reminder that you haven’t worked out for a few weeks. Or Innocent smoothies recognizing your blood sugar is low, so being able to send you a Facebook message about their latest offer in your local Sainsbury’s.
Connected home devices are also going to become invaluable over the next decade as we come to rely on technology that tells us exactly what’s left in our fridges, turns the oven on remotely, and controls the temperature and lighting of our homes. And social media will almost certainly be a part of this.