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The Next Social Thing

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 5, 2011  |  3 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
20 years with Gartner and META Group
30 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a Research VP at Gartner, covering cloud office, collaboration and social software.

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

  3. […] Mann, investigador de Gartner, a modo de parodia, cuestiona la llegada de la próxima social-thing (The Next Social Thing) Y es que ciertamente cada día surgen nuevos avances en esta línea. Aquí recojo algunas de las […]

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