As one year comes to and end and the new year is about to start, we find ourselves in the time when annual reviews and 2015 predictions are plenty. I am slowly getting fed up with large number of posts about the future. BTW, which of the 2014 prediction come true? No one really checks.
It seems everyone has a crystal ball and is a futurologist or trend watcher. Where did the time go when Madame Soleil was the person to go to to get predictions for the new year. Nostalgia… I guess I must be a romantic.
Enough of “Video will be the preferred content form” or “Content Marketing finally matures” or “Everything mobile”! I do not want to hear this anymore, but under the mantra “if you can’t beat them, join them”, here is my spin on the predictions for 2015:
My 3 outrageous predictions for 2015!
Facebook will disappear this year!
For the last year or so, we have heard more and more people saying they want to stop their Facebook account because of the ever changing privacy rules or abundant advertising . But guess what? Facebook is not stupid and saw this coming. So they are launching Facebook for Business now. More constant and better money flow? Great move on their behalf except that most people use Facebook for private use (not business) and are shutting down their account. Why should companies get started on Facebook for Business. I guess death will quick.
Google+ finally gets off the ground
All those sleeping Google+ users (Gmail users, Android phone users, YouTube-ers, Bloggers, et al) finally realize they already have a Google+ account. Moreover, since they are running away from Facebook, Google+ becomes the next safe haven where their friends will be posting their personal updates. And yes, privacy is much better and less advertising. So getting to 1.6 billion members in 2015 will be a piece of cake. Sorry Ello.co or seen.it.
Microsoft buys LinkedIn
I can see you shake your head but think about it. Microsoft already owns the largest Enterprise Social Network (Yammer) which focusses on the intra-company social media so it make sense to add an external social media network to it. Business meets Business. And yes, Microsoft has the cash to burn. A marriage made in heaven for professional social media and networking. The benefit for LinkedIn will be that finally the company pages really get developed to create more value to the business users.
What do you think? Do you agree with any of these outrageous social media predictions? Do you have any you’d like to share? Please share your comments below.