January 21, 2013 3:40 PM

Three New(ish) Trends In Digital Media

Life after Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube? Can't imagine it, can you?

There are a handful of new social media tools, channels and applications that could be giving way to newer ways in which consumers connect. Not just to one another, but to brands as well. One thing is becoming increasingly clear, startups are coming up with new and fascinating things to do with technology and it is making its way into a newer way to think about how we're all connected. Here are three new(ish) tools as a bellwether towards new(ish) thinking:

There are more.

The buzz around stuff like "big data," "wearable technology" and more continues to grow as well. There is no doubt that more disruption is on the way, but what marked the above trends is how different they are from the social Web as we imagined it only a few years ago. The idea that people will go back and scrub their online social media ways or choose context and location over taking the time to do a deep search and ponder the results, coupled with a desire to have a very impermanent form of communication runs counter-cyclical to what many of the major media pundits had forecasted. There is no question, that these same pundits got a lot of their thinking right, but it's more interesting to see what we, cumulatively, as a society seem to latch on to and hold dear.

What are some of the newer trends that have surprised you?