A friend of mine in India sent me these great trends for India. If any of you have trends for other parts of the world, can you please Tweet me or Blog me?
Top Seven Social Media Predictions for India for 2009
We saw a preview of the power of citizen journalism in the 11/26 Mumbai terror attack. We also saw that mainstream media is increasingly willing to integrate citizen journalism in its news coverage. News organizations are not only promoting citizen journalism platforms like IBN Live’s Citizen Journalist, but also engaging with platforms like Twitter (see @DNAIndia, @LiveMint, @BangaloreMirror, @IndiatimesNews). We will see a continuation of these trends in 2009. More news organizations will experiment with citizen journalism, both by creating citizen journalism platforms on their own websites and by actively tracking social media for stories and sources.
SMSGupShup with many-to-many messaging capability, it may be Twitter, or it may be a new player (and, no, it won’t be MobiChange, not yet). 5. At least one web 2.0 service started in Indian will break onto the international scene.
Indian social networking websites, that were essentially Facebook or Orkut clones, lost significant traffic. We will see this trend continuing in 2009, and, even as we see the emergence of niche social networking sites focused on Cricket, Bollywood, Education, Career, Consumer Reviews, Social Activism, or even Social Shopping, we will see several undifferentiated Indian social networking websites become even more marginalized, with some of them shutting shop.
social media outsourcing is the next big business opportunity for India and may already be leading the third wave of Indian outsourcingacquisition of SocialMedian by Xing has shown that a web 2.0 service developed in India can break through onto the international scene. SocialMedian was developed almost entirely in Pune by True Sparrow. In 2009, we will see at least one India based web 2.0 startup scaling up to international prominence, and perhaps selling out, in a similar fashion.Informm), social media agencies and consumer communities (like BrandAdda) enter the Indian market. SMSGupShup and MyToday playing an important role in the 2009 general elections, both in the campaigning and in the coverage of the elections. Some politicians will also experiment with social media. BJP’s V K Malhotra, for instance has a Twitter account @VKMalhotra