It's a social world out there.

Social Media and Mobility Go Hand-in-Hand

Posted on: November 16, 2009

There are droves of people who do not understand the allure of social media, those who ask, ” Why would I care what my neighbor is doing for dinner tonight?.”  These people do not understand the benefits of using and maintaining social media.  It hasn’t always been this way, we weren’t always connected to those around us, we didn’t know what our long lost college roommates did on weekends. This attitude has changed forever, and thus, it is vital to ask – when and where did this revolution begin? In many way, it began with mobile phones.

“For many people, cellphones have become indispensable appendages that make calls, deliver e-mail messages, locate restaurants and identify the song on the radio. After 20 years, 85 percent of adult Americans have cellphones, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. According to the Federal Communications Commission, cellphones caught on faster than cable TV and personal computers although, by some accounts, broadband Internet service was adopted faster.” (1)

Mobile phones were the earliest example of constant connection. Many people took time to in adopting mobile devices, possibly wondering they would catch on, today it is clear they have.When we adopted the use of cell phones we opened up to more connectivity than we had ever known.  While in those days we used phones to call about errands, dinners dates or appointments, we were non-the-less changing the way we chose to communicate.  At the time we had no idea how much connection would continue to change our lives it did begin with that first mobile phone purchase years ago. Today, we use those phone to chat, MMS,  call and read our favorite blogs – where will we be in 2010? Only time will tell.

1) Lewin, W., & anytime.. (n.d.). How to Mobilize Your Social Media – Advertising Age – DigitalNext. Advertising Age – Ad & Marketing Industry News. Retrieved November 15, 2009, from http://adage.com/digitalnext/post?article_id=139347

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