The future of social media

In October, GovDelivery hosted a social media conference in Washington, D.C. with nearly 300 attendees, from local government workers to Federal employees and government contractors.

At the heart of the event was a Facebook foundation: David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” delivered an engaging keynote presentation, and Adam Conner, Associate Manager of Public Policy at Facebook, spoke on Facebook’s Top 10 for Government.

David talked at length about Facebook and how it has drastically changed the way people communicate and connect. He spent a lot of time with Mark Zuckerberg, learning the Facebook story, but he before he wrote “The Facebook Effect,” he spent many years as the senior editor for internet and technology at Fortune magazine. While at Fortune, he wrote cover stories about Apple, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, and numerous other technology subjects. Beginning in 2001, he created Fortune‘s Brainstorm conference series. More recently, he organized the Techonomy conference on the centrality of technology innovation for all human activity. He appears frequently on television, radio, and the Internet as an expert on technology.

With this kind of history and knowledge, we couldn’t help but ask David his thoughts on the future of social media.

Watch his assessment here:

What do you think? Have we reached the pinnacle of social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr), or will others develop in the next few years and overtake Facebook (Google+, maybe)? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

This is part one in a three-part video series with David. Check back for new videos!

For a full video of David’s keynote, visit our event video page.

Photos courtesy of Bruce Guthrie.

Original post on Reach the Public.

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