This may be a bold (or premature depending on who you ask) statement. Remember when Digg was one of the go-to sites to link a blog post to? Well…with all of the changes on the Interwebs no company is immune to ups and downs. Amplify went under. Posterous was sold to Twitter. Turntable.fm went from hip to zip seemingly overnight. Circumstances beyond one’s control offer no guarantees about continued interest in any business or endeavor.
Could anyone have predicted Pinterest would become the third largest social networking site behind Twitter and Facebook? The site flourishes despite half a dozen would-be copycats. And how is MySpace still on the list? Or that Facebook would pay $1B to purchase Instagr.am (especially considering it was only available as an iPhone app until a few weeks ago?). No one can accurately predict which company will hit or for how long.
Since one of the lifestyle strategies I follow has me immersed in technology-related fare, I found an up-and-coming enterprise that also ties into connecting meaningful stories with a large number of people. That’s kinda, sorta what we do here, but Cowbird aggregates multiple user-generated content and curates it in one place. A little Scandinavian innovation with a great user interface at work – not operating as a hipster haven is a refreshing change. YouTube did it with tremendous success, but the difference is in providing more personal and thoughtful messaging than say, pratfalls and ranters.
Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, focused on a deeper, longer-lasting, more personal kind of storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.
I think social-bookmarking sites in the right combination will be the next wave. We’re bombarded with a never-ending supply of information with no consideration for quality, so someone had to step in with better filters. They’re accepting requests while growing the network, so this is the ideal time to join!
We all have stories to tell. What do you want to present to the world?