Social Media 2.0: Real Life Augmentation

Social media platforms such as MySpace, Bebo, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+ have been transformative technologies which shaped the early years of the twenty-first century. People can meet, interact and communicate in ways which would have been impossible a decade earlier.

Despite the ongoing success of social networks, most people’s real and online lives rarely connect in a cohesive manner:

  • you have a long list of online “friends” you’ve never met, know or speak with
  • your actual friends use different social networks to you
  • you disconnect from real-world conversations to join online virtual chats
  • you’ll reprimand people for talking nonsense yet believe identical online articles and alerts
  • you feel obliged to comment on online articles despite not reading the text or understanding the points raised
  • you’ll say things online which would never be said in person-to-person conversations.

Most people live separate online and offline lives. Some even adopt a different online image or persona.

Augmented Reality Social Experiment

Smartphone systems such as Siri and Cortana and screenless devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home have already begun to revolutionize how we interact with devices. The next step is the Augmented Reality Social Experiment which will finally end the distinction between your real and online lives.

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Source: Sitepoint