Social Media Trends: The Abundance of Big Visuals and Other Observations

Recently I was honored to be a guest speaker at a Lunch and Learn for Suka Creative. Founder Susan Karlin wanted to have a discussion around current social media trends with an emphasis on platforms that are relevant to the design world.

The following are the links and sites that we discussed while in their beautiful offices in the heart of SoHo. We focused on the emergence of big visuals, the ability to do detailed research, and the importance of curation on the social web.

*Pinterest // A way to organize and share the beautiful things you find on the web
**Instagram // A fun way to share photos
Pinstagram // View your instagram photos a la Pinterest
*Tumblr // The easiest way to blog
*Twitter // Microblogging (now showing more and more media within the tweet)
*Behance // Portfolio site and job board for creatives
BrandingServed  // Curated branding projects from Behance

(sample project from Branding Served)

*LinkedIn // Professional social network
**Flipboard // Your social magazine
**Foursquare // Checkin to venues and find new places
Coroflot // Portfolio site and job board for designers
Forrst // A community where developers and designers improve their craft.
Dribbble // Invite only community for designers to post screen shots on current projects
(Allows you to sort projects by color)
500px // Portfolio site for photographers
*Buzzfeed’s 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
(and a post dissecting what made it viral).
*Klout // Measures your social influence

*The site has an app.
**It is an app.


How about you? Where do you see social media headed? What’s your favorite new digital platform? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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