Its no hidden fact that we actually need events like Barcamps, OSScamps, OCCs etc. to meet like minded people & there isn’t any substitute to it. (talking only about like-minded people, not team building or professional networking which is a very niche space & refuses to be called as social networking!) And most of the audience in these events is from technology world – the creators of Social Networking (SN) concept.
An interesting pattern here is that while we still need these events, doesn’t it mean that social networking doesn’t seem to actually help the “creators of Social Networking” itself?
Be it any event today, I needn’t exaggerate but most of the talks are around Social Networking. Almost half of these guys are just crazy about replicating a success story with at most one or two killer features. Not to deny the fact that this domain has a good potential to generate huge business (which actually has been forecasted to be some billion dollar in a few years to come.)
Another interesting pattern emerging is that in order to build one success story or to say make some good bucks quickly, the innovative ideas unbiased with SN are becoming rare to see. In fact whole “idea generation engine” in our minds is ubiquitously influenced by the viral fever of SN. Sometimes I wonder if India is really becoming a hub for innovative products or just a plain jungle of good business intellects betting around social networking?
- Identify any young passionate guy, aspiring to be the next genre entrepreneur, ask him to pen down ‘5’ ideas he’s cooking in his head & then safely bet around for if ‘4’ of them aren’t around Social Networking :).
- Hear ’10’ conversations at any of these events cooking up in some corner, bet around for if ‘6’ out of them aren’t around social networking.
Today, we actually live & breathe social networking. Start around any topic, it eventually ends up around social networking.
Sometimes it does come to mind if the world is at all beyond social networking?
Where are the products around robotics? cryptography? …