Something old, something new…

We’ve all seen how social media has changed through the years.  With all of the recent updates for Twitter, Facebook, and iPhones, it is hard to even keep up with the ever-changing environment of social media.  So, in response to that, some have decided to combine both the old and the new.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “What in the world does that mean?”  What I mean is that websites are popping up all over the place with ways to take social media into print.  And with this, you get websites like Shutterfly, who offers to take your social media pictures and combine them into a print format that can sit on your coffee table when you have guests over for dinner.  Their website says things like, “Turn your Facebook pictures into a real photo book.”  And yet another website, Blurb, offers the same thing and says, “From Facebook to photo book.

Another newly emerging development is from a website called Printsgram.  Their websites says that “you can create posters, stickers, and photo cubes of your design.”

In addition to these printed books being offered out there, Treat.com came up with an even fancier way of “staying connected” through a combination of social media and print.  Here, you can create greeting cards online, pulling in pictures from multiple social media platforms such as Facebook and Shutterfly, and send them out to friends on a specified date.  Personalized cards have never been so easy.

So, what are your thoughts about this?  Are these companies simply trying to keep some of the old intact?  Or are they just trying to be creative?  Or are they trying to be inclusive with all age groups…even the elderly?  As more sites emerge that link social media and print together, I think there is a possibility that print might become more popular than it has been in the past couple of years.  Do you think this is a bizarre statement?  Let me know your thoughts…

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2 responses »

  1. I think that these websites are very very helpful! I never know what I could do in the end with my pictures besides just doing the same old thing adding my pictures to Facebook. I actually received a book like this for my birthday and love it and know I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

  2. I think these websites are very helpful as well. I think that these websites are looking for ways to keep up with the ever changing social media that today’s society has grown to be obsessed with, and I believe these websites are looking for ways to use an aspect of social media to expand their business.

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