Every once in a while, we share a series of thought provoking social media videos that we have found here on the blog for you to bookmark and enjoy. One video platform that always brings the best speakers together and will inspire you is the TED series of conferences.
They often have speakers who cover the topic of social media and we have curated the five best videos from the last year here for you to sit back and enjoy. You won't get through all of these in one sitting but they are well worth bookmarking for you to enjoy at a later date.
Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender
Media and advertising companies still use the same old demographics to understand audiences but they're becoming increasingly harder to track online, says media researcher Johanna Blakley. As social media outgrows traditional media and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.
Adam Ostrow: After your final status update
Many of us have a social media presence -- a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: 'What happens to that personality after you've died?' Could it ... live on?
Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's take back the Internet!
In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: 'How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control?' She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Carta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices
Sure the web connects the globe but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know.
Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world
By now, we're used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web - building a "social layer" on top of the real world. At TEDxBoston, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.