So much has changed for social media in 2010.
Not too long ago, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist, blogs were nothing more than simple online journals, and digital marketing was still in its infancy. Today, however, the Internet leads the business front, especially with social media. A recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune highlights some of the most important advancements in technology and social media in 2010.
One of the most important developments for social media in 2010 was the Open Graph protocol. This protocol was released by Facebook and allowed users to add a Facebook “Like” button to websites, blogs, and news stories. Content creators are now able to see a quick increase in referrals from Facebook as people click, “like,” and read content shared by other people.
Another important development was Apple’s release of the iPad. The iPad revolutionized the way publishers could distribute their work. Many apps followed suit. For example, Flipboard, facilitates news reading.
As 2010 moved on, sites such as Digg, Twitter, and MySpace underwent huge website redesigns while Facebook redesigned user profiles. Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, won “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine, and even had a movie released about his life.
Not all changes in 2010 were positive, however. Yahoo announced plans to sell Delicious, while Google’s attempt to combine multiple social networking platforms, known as Wave, failed and all work on the project ceased.
This past year has brought many advancements in social media and the Internet, and one can only imagine what the next few years will bring.