Back in the day, people go through great lengths when they want to search for a certain individual. The same could also be said with lost pets. The point is, it’s easier to find a person or even a lost pet because of technology. Everything is known in the Internet; heck, even information that we don’t want or is practically a waste of time is all over the Internet.
Or, in simple terms, in social media.
Should I define social media? Fine.
Social Media, as defined by Wikipedia, “…is the means of interactions among different individuals in which they build and exchange information and ideas within a virtual community or network. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media” Simply put, when you and a bunch of your friends communicate in Facebook or you start playing online games together with your far-flung relatives, then that itself is social media. There are tons of websites and applications that makes use of social media, which is why it’s so easy to find people nowadays.
If you’re looking for an old classmate or you want to get re-connected with a long-lost relative, then you can use Google, Facebook or Twitter easily. Or you can make use of certain websites that uses an area code directory.
But is social media limited only to connecting people? Not entirely. There’s an ongoing trend that social media can actually predict catastrophes. I’ve compiled some of the top catastrophes that social media might be able to predict with the use of Facebook and loads of other social networking websites. While most of these aren’t exactly true, you’ll never know what might happen in the future.
Counting Psychopaths – Remember when I mentioned that the Internet is full of unwanted information? Well, it seems that nowadays, government officials can keep track of certain individuals whose behavior in the social media world seems odd. Cornell University have just released the recent papers on psychopaths having a different set of speaking and writing pattern.
A study was conducted where experts analyzed the speech and texts of 14 psychopathic and non-psychopathic murderers. It was later found out that most of the crazed killers are more likely to use filler words such as “um” and are used to telling cause-and-effect words like “because”because of their detachment to family members and friends. The similar study was done in Tweeter and, to the surprise of the researchers, they found psychopaths lurking in the famous social networking site.
No wonder they call Twitter a bottomless pit of narcissism, psychopathy and social trash.
Economic Collapse – Businesses use the Internet a lot, which is why it is not surprising to find a lot of finance and business related news in the online world. And it’s not just that. If you’re someone who loves to rant in Facebook about how miserable your working career is in the Internet, then researchers can predict how long before the company you’ve worked in will close down,
That’s kinda amazing, isn’t it? You can finally get ready to leave your old job if things get any worse!
When people start tweeting or updating their status about their financial difficulties, it sends a message not only to your family and friends, but to anyone who can view your message that something is going on with your business or office. Apparently, if you post how much you’re getting for a job on Facebook or in MySpace, then your family and friends will know that things are going well in your current employment.
However, it also presents an opportunity for rival businesses to do something about their own business status. It’s no wonder why some companies do not allow their employees to post job information on social media.
It’s a whole new world, I tell you. And it’s something that we need to seriously think about.