What Makes A Good Social Media Network Platform?
A lot has happened in the online sphere lately. The introduction of Google+, the long delayed Twitter Analytics and recently, all the debate on the new Facebook features and layout. In the past we’ve seen the rise (and fall) of Friendster, MySpace, High5 and many other social networking sites. Why did they grow cold? I don’t know about you but as I read through different reviews, complaints and compliments, I realized that everyone have different feelings towards either platforms and a question popped up in my head:
What Do You Look For in A Social Media Network Tool or Platform?
Could it be… Apps?
The games on Facebook, the add-ons on LinkedIn, the 3rd party apps on Twitter. Is the flexibility of the platform a reason of your choice?
Could it be… the number of Users?
“800 million users on Facebook and growing, that’s the place to be!”
Could it be… the Cool factor?
“Because everyone is there and all my friends have it, I’ve got to be there else I’m not cool.”
Could it be… Privacy?
Or would you prefer something more controlled such as Twitter’s protected Tweets?
Could it be… the Diversity of Content?
The ability to post / share / read text, images and videos (and location?).
Could it be… Mobility?
Something that you can easily manage on mobile such as check-ins, text in 140 characters, something that requires less maneuvering on-the-go.
Could it be… Advertising opportunities?
Perhaps Facebook appeals to you more because you are given the option to advertise?
Could it be… the Analytics?
The ability to keep track on what’s happening with your updates – the number of clicks, shares, visitors and etc.