Social Media and Blogging Predictions for 2014

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While you're in line at the store, waiting to return those Christmas gifts (why did your mother-in-law think you wanted a magenta muumuu?), we've compiled our best predictions for social media and blogging for the upcoming year. By looking at current trends and past history, we were able to see the way things are heading. And you're going to want to read this because if we're right, you'll want to look at those apps you download veeeeeeeeeery carefully this upcoming year.

GROUPIE


Groupie

Image: Steven Depolo via Flickr

Move over selfie; the groupie is going to be trend for 2014. People no longer want to see what you did, but they want to see who you were with. Expect a lot of fun, side-by-side shots, but also a lot of faces squished into one frame. The more the merrier.

BREVITY

Small

Image: Pleuntje via Flickr

Mimicking the brevity of Tumblr or Instagram, shorter is going to be sweeter everywhere. Look for people to not use all of their characters on Twitter, create more word-free, visual Facebook postings, and even bring down the average paragraph length of a blog post.

GOOGLE+

Google

Image: Robert Scoble via Flickr

Google+ will pick up traffic from people leaving Facebook pages due to changes in Facebook's algorithm. Now is the perfect time to start getting more comfortable in your Google+ space: share your blog posts and connect with friends on a site that will also give you easier control over the way you share content.

ANONYMITY

Whisper

Image: Brian Smithson via Flickr

At the same time, Internet renegades (uh... teenagers) will rebel against the forced amalgamation of our information by sites such as Google or Facebook and move towards more anonymity such as that provided by Whisper. New sites will pop up this year where anonymity will be the default rather than something you need to scramble to maintain.

TWEETJACKING

Twitter

Image: Shawn Campbell via Flickr

It will become the norm to give companies, events, and apps the ability to tweet on your behalf. While there was backlash when this happened at New York Comic Con this year, I think that companies, events, and apps will hope that you won't read the fine print and will allow them access to speak to your followers as you. I don't think people will ever get comfortable or happy with Tweetjacking, but look for it to happen more often this year. Which means read contracts carefully!

What are your predictions for blogging and social media in 2014?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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