Google: Zeitgeist 2009

As I’m sure most would agree, 2009 is going as quickly as it came. With only a few weeks left, numerous “best of 2009” lists are surfacing. From albums to gadgets you can bet there is a best and/or worst list to be found.

Throughout my daily web wanderings, I came across an article featuring the latest Google Chrome for Mac and Linux. If you’re like me and don’t know much about it, follow this link to learn more from its creator, Mike Pinkerton: http://ow.ly/KHjg. As if Google hasn’t done enough lately, it also released its annual Zeitgeist, which outlines the most popular searches throughout the year.

In addition to the most popular queries in the news, Google: Zeitgeist 2009 also captures the most popular queries in entertainment, sports and not the mention the oh so, ahem, interesting lives of celebrities. While looking at Google.com’s most popular searches, I was not at all surprised to find that Twitter is among the fasting rising queries with Facebook and Hulu not far behind. Just another affirmation that social media contunies to thrive.

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Social Media Gender Gap

We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the Women’s Movement. Aside from equal paying jobs, women and men for the most part share equal rights and opportunities. When it comes to employment, men and women are well on their way to overcoming the gendered norm; however, when it comes to communication, social norms remain the same.

As a society, we generally portray women as being more sociable and interpersonal. After reading this article, which you can find here, http://ow.ly/KHlA, it is no surprise that women are ahead in the social media world. The article talks about the underlying motivation of men and women hence the social sites they choose to join. Of course, age comes in to play but it’s likely that more women are connected with facebook, twitter and myspace because with these sites, they have the option to customize and update profiles in addition to receiving the benefits of networking . Obviously men join these sites as well but as far staying connected and building relationships, women prevail.

Regardless of men and women’s motives to join and perpetuate networks, I think it’s safe to say social media will continue to thrive. Like social media and its growing possibilites, women, too,  are growing in terms of climing up the corporate ladder. With more women prominent in social media, I would hope more jobs will become available within the networks. It is evident gender gaps exist and usually men come out on top but the social media gender gap proves different.. women are actually ahead this time.

Social Media: A Presence is Always Present

I’ve never considered myself to be on the up and up when it comes to technology. With all the new gadgets out there, I find it hard to stay up-to-date. Once I finally get the hang of things something new comes around and I fall behind, yet again. Technological mishaps are pretty common in my house so I have to admit that a lot of the time, I’m not too fond of technology; however, after getting the iphone my view changed.

The iphone is a magnificent creation. Applications for pretty much anything you can think of, copy/pasting, instant updates of e-mail, facebook, twitter, blogs, etc. are only a few of its uses. Surprisingly, I have had little trouble with the iphone… until someone stole it. I was pretty upset after I learned my phone was a gonner. I mean, who wouldn’t be? My whole world was in that phone. More than 700 pictures, videos from far away concerts and phone numbers from distant friends were all lost among other things. Of course, these kind of things can be built up again but the elements I had accumulated over quite some time were gone.  Amidst my feeling of doom, I unexpectedly became humbled.

What a great invention the iphone is but it is just that.. a phone. I shouldn’t have been so wrapped up in a phone. I had fun making it my own (I’m not too sure that anyone else has butterfly icons) but I spent way too much time on that thing. Just because a phone goes bye-bye does not mean your world should follow suit. Throughout this whole process, the benefits of social media re-entered my mind.

Social media is about interacting with one another. Presence in the social media world is important not only because you can share and discover current events and happenings but also because you can discover and contact people. I may have lost a phone but I was ever so present in the virtual world. Although  I did get a new phone, I think to myself  “do I really need it?”