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Should social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) merge?

While Facebook and Twitter have their differences, they also having many overlapping features. To constantly use both seems redundant. Every day, more and more companies and organizations are "jumping on the bandwagon" so to speak in order to engage consumers. Consider this:

"Join us on Facebook at..."
"Follow us on Twitter at..."
"Visit us at www ..."
"Watch us on YouTube at ...."
"Visit our Flickr page at...."

The list goes on and on, but what for? This is not only terribly redundant, but also confusing and unnecessary. When new social/media networks becomes mainstream, the list of websites will only grow further. In 15-20 years from now, I suspect most, if not all, of these services will merge into one.

When I say merge, I don't necessarily mean that one conglomerate will own all of them. I believe that a flexible, open framework (or API if you prefer) will inevitability emerge in order to reduce redundancy and increase organization across all platforms. Exactly how this will happen - and what it will look like - is something that only time will tell.

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    Feb 24 2011: I do not prefer the 'merging' of social networks. The beauty of it lies in their being different and independent from each other although they may have some overlapping features. Consider this: During the Egyptian revolt, the Mubarak regime completely cut off internet connections because they realized its power. Mobile services too were banned. Now had these social networks not been independent, it would have been very easy for the Mubarak regime to cull the revolution because they would have been able to focus their energy and resources on a single virtual enemy. But since these tools were different, plenty, independent and had their own firewalls and codings, it became almost impossible for the regime to dismantle these one by one. if they blocked one, the other would resurface. It was a constant headache! I wonder if even China would have been able to censor or block these sites had there been a revolution there because of some reason.

    I hope you get my point.

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