Long before the word “Trend” became a Trend, it already existed in our dictionaries. Why is it that never before had it been used so vastly and in so many ways? What has pushed for the word to be widely pronounced, read, but more importantly, for how long has it been typed?
The existence and wide use of social networks has made that possible. If you are reading this post, chances are you have a blog, a facebook profile, a twitter account, a foursquare account, and so on and so on. Take Facebook for instance… it already is the 3rd largest nation in the world! Yes, I used the word nation, why? Because a nation is not a political fragment on Earth where people have citizenships. A Nation is a a group of people with common things such as culture, language, etc. Facebook is a culture. Facebook is a nation. (Check this video out to see the point –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPO_HGafBsE)
Now let’s take Twitter. You hash-tag something you’d like to comment on, or you look for a hash-tag to learn something, anything about something else. That’s a trend, in fact, should you have Tweet Deck there’s a whole column called “Now Trending”.
So who started with social networks anyway? Innovators and/or early adopters for sure. A small documentary on the topic will come out this fall explaining how we should blame or thank these people for what we have now and for what we’ll have tomorrow. (Check out the trailer http://vimeo.com/15595024).
So who are you? What type of person are you? Should we be typified under our creative choices? Would you be part of the “Younger Creative Class” as described by one of the interviewees in this film?