“Some estimates say that in a few years, online content will double every 72 hours.”
It’s hard to imagine the Web growing any faster than it already does.
Paul Roetzer, founder and president of PR 20/20, discussed content marketing for public relations professionals during his presentation at the YouToo Social Media Conference on Friday at Kent State. Although I enjoyed listening to his knowledge and advice about online branding, effective Web content and measurement, the above prediction he mentioned particularly caught my attention.
How can the Internet store all that information? Who will monitor the content and how will this affect our daily routines? Sometimes I can’t keep up with my personal online accounts, let alone catch up with the news articles, blog posts and status updates that bombard my computer screen every day.
The Web may track every online move we make. For example, Facebook stores personal information and account history from square one. So by now, you probably have a vast online history that will only continue to grow.
How do you track everything before it gets lost in the online clutter? And how will you remember online moments of the past?
Once I saw an example of a scrapbook with a woman’s Facebook status updates during her pregnancy. And after I attended the conference last week, I wondered about overlapping social media and scrapbooking. Do scrapbookers create layouts about their online activity, too?
I found two outlets for social media scrapbooking online.
Memolane compiles all postings from personal online accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube. The site generates a timeline of online activity and may isolate a specific time period of posts and content. For example, Alex Schmidt used Memolane to document a trip to Paris with her sister.
Although thisMoment has existed for almost two years, I was not aware of the site until now. Users create moments, equivalent to “multimedia journal entries,” and add details such as attendees, locations, titles, tags, photos and more. Moments are visible via slideshows or timelines. Check out this tutorial video about thisMoment:
What do you think?
Although I’m hesitant about creating my own social media scrapbooks, I will keep Memolane and thisMoment in mind. And as if social media sites are not overwhelming enough, I also found Scrapbooking & Paper Crafting Society, a social media site for scrapbookers! If you are interested in joining, let me know and possibly we can explore the site together.
If you want to become more social media savvy, check out Jason Eric Alexander’s blog about “social media tips, trends and news.”