Web Services-are we overloaded?

A popular topic that is always interesting to theorize with others about is the amount of services available on the World Wide Web currently. When I say services I am referring to arenas such as social networking sites, blogging sites, video sharing sites, and numerous other social media sites whose design is intended to link people of common interests together.

Internet users of today are fortunate, especially when it comes to business use. Professionals can gather contacts of common interests online and share information about meetings, pertinent blogs, potential career moves, market conditions and any other information and feed it instantly through our online social network through our laptops or mobile devices. We can attend a recommended conference, follow our contacts via Twitter and upload videos of the conference while we are still there!

Yet there are so very many web services on the web. A mere few years ago early adopters of web services adapted easily and quickly to the nuevo social networking sites. Today, early adopters and mainstream users alike are pummeled with an endless onslaught of web service options including Flicr, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, LinkedIn and an array of others and more are being developed every day.

The challenge posed becomes obvious when you consider that in order to seduce a user into using a new web service; it is likely you will have to persuade them to replace something else in their arsenal of web services because there are only so many services a person can juggle comfortably. It seems that the future of web services will depend quite highly on those who do not require users to transfer all of their contacts and information from one service to another. It is always a challenge to persuade individuals to change a behavior, and to continually expect users to rearrange their personal information and database is unrealistic. It is challenging enough to keep up with the latest version of this or that, let alone personal linking site makeovers. You can follow up on this topic by reading the Web 2.0 Expo postings.