Friday, November 09, 2012

Social Networking: a Bubblecovery?

An interesting perspective on social media's economic impact:
...the social media bubble has played a very important role in the U.S.' post-2009 "bubblecovery" or bubble-driven economic recovery. The social media bubble has helped to create nearly 500,000 U.S. jobs in recent years (a very high percentage of newly-created jobs) and has helped to launch a housing and commercial real estate recovery in hard-hit San Francisco and parts of New York City. The social media bubble has contributed to an explosion in post-2009 entrepreneurial activity, with the number of startup incubators tripling from 2009 to 2011. The social media bubble is also important, because it has been one of the few glimmers of economic hope that many Americans have had in recent years, especially for young aspiring-professionals who see few other appealing career options (1, 2, 3).

The recent election cycle may have contributed to the expansion because politicians of all parties embraced social media as a vehicle for delivering their messages. It's a relatively easy task to influence one's vote (i.e. to "buy" a political preference) through online tracking and ad targeting because the vote is free for the person to give. A harder task would be to convince one to buy a product or service online when s/he has to part with real money. Even Zynga with its freemium business model is having trouble.

tags: distribution, cycle, social, networking, business, advertisement

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