- Hyper-Personalized Content Algorithms
With advancements in machine learning and data analytics, social media platforms could offer users an even more personalized experience. Instead of a one-size-fits-all algorithm, users could tailor their own content feeds, selecting themes, topics, or even the types of interactions they want to see more frequently.
What Could Start This Trend: Increasing consumer demand for meaningful online interactions and the fatigue from irrelevant content. Advances in AI could also make this level of personalization more achievable.
Examples: Social media apps offering a dashboard where users can adjust the types of content they see, or even personalized AI “curators” that learn from your behavior and periodically offer to adjust your settings.
- Virtual Reality Social Spaces
As Virtual Reality (VR) technology becomes more accessible, social media could expand into fully immersive 3D spaces where users can interact as avatars.
What Could Start This Trend: The success of platforms like Meta’s Horizon Workrooms and VRChat could encourage more mainstream social media platforms to integrate VR experiences.
Examples: Facebook (Meta) or other social media giants launching VR zones where you can hang out with friends, attend events, or even conduct business meetings. Augmented Reality (AR) filters could also advance to become more interactive and multi-user.
- Ethical and Transparent Algorithms
In response to growing concerns about privacy and the ethical implications of data use, some platforms might start to prioritize transparency in how their algorithms work. Users might even have the option to opt into “ethical algorithms” that are designed to minimize harm, reduce polarization, or otherwise align with the user’s values.
What Could Start This Trend: Public and governmental scrutiny over algorithmic decision-making and its societal impacts. There might be regulations that force platforms to be more transparent or ethical in their algorithmic choices.
Examples: Platforms could offer “algorithmic transparency reports” that allow you to see why you’re being shown certain content or ads. Users could have the ability to select algorithmic themes like “reduce polarization” that adjust how content is shown to encourage more balanced perspectives.