* Chaotic Social Networks
From Susan Boyle to the Iranian election, online Social Media has had an enormous effect on society. Web driven Social Networks can make Gods out of mortals; influence world leaders and slay mighty brands with startling speed.
Moreover, this all seems to happen unpredictably, almost violently as if an entire placid lake immediately erupts into an enormous geyser, irregularly but repeatedly.
What makes Social Media so different from anything we’ve seen before? The answer is Chaos.
** Losing To The Social Web: Visualized
There are 2 key reasons why website traffic is declining.
1. Social Networks (obviously) are growing and most people prefer to hang out there instead of searching the big brands websites for content to interact with. Your friends on Facebook and Twitter share what you’re already interested in. Everything is relevant and you don’t have to leave to get the best content from 10 of your favourite brands/websites.
2. Off-Site Content Distribution is rapidly growing, I’m talking RSS Feeds, Twitter, YouTube Channels, Facebook Fan pages and so on… All the best brands and websites now actively push their content (the same stuff you use to get from their website and still want to access) to as many various “off-site” sources and platforms as possible.So naturally this removes unique visitors from their main sites, channeling them into a maze of various networks, feeds and tweets... Oh, and of course, widgets/apps – we’ve only just seen the start of these.