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The Next Social Thing

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

As social software becomes more popular and widely-adopted, it seems like everything is getting a social component. I recently tweeted some musings about what could be the next big social thing. My colleague Andy added a few more. I thought I would use this longer format to add some possibilities of what these Next Big things might be.  

  • Social storage management: Where do you think this cluster should go?
  • Social data center cooling: Is it hot in here, or what?
  • Social format conversion: Is JPG trending higher than BMP?
  • Social regression testing: Click that button again, I dare you.
  • Social keyboards: A blog for four hands.
  • Social app development. I thought you already built that?
  • Social printer drivers: I prefer Bodoni
  • Social WiFi routers:
  • Social UPCs: BzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • Social load balancing: Go without me; I have too much to do.
  • Social browser caching: Who wants to see this again?
  • Social network prioritization: No, I insist; after you.
  • Social transaction processing: Not now; I’m busy.
  • Social power plug: Does anyone have a Euro Powerbook cord I can borrow?
  • Social telephone: Hey, there’s an idea!
  • Social mousepad: <all right, I’m stumped. Who has an idea?>

Got any more? What do you think the least likely next big thing for social will be?

Category: humor  social-media  social-software  

Tags: thenextsocial  humor  social-media  social-software  

Jeffrey Mann
Research VP
14 years at Gartner
26 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a research vice president for collaboration and social software at Gartner Research. Mr. Mann focuses on social software, team workspaces, the collaboration market and knowledge management. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on The Next Social Thing

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Michael Gartenberg, Jovi Umawing and Suvish Viswanathan. Suvish Viswanathan said: The Next Social Thing: As social software becomes more popular and widely-adopted, it seems like everything is g… […]

  2. Jeffrey Mann says:

    A few contributions from Twitter:

    I should have thought of that one: Social Business Intelligence: Hey, can I have that data in Excel? #thenextsocial

    Social Payroll: Hey can I borrow $20?
    Social Spam: Reply All #thenextsocial

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