Co-Founder, India Fellow Programme
In my opinion, social media is one the best things to have happened in the last 10 years or so. It has given voices to the voiceless. At the same time, I feel empowered to share with a larger audience what I feel or do. This was virtually impossible earlier unless you were a hot shot editor or a prime time anchor. Imagine sharing your opinion on an editorial or a government policy before social media arrived. You possibly could not debate or discuss. Flow of information was one way.
Now, with social media, it is multi-directional and can be done at a click of a button or a touch. We have also become producers of content and opinion instead of being just mute spectators or readers. My sense is, as more and more people get comfortable with the tool, many more interesting things will happen. People will use it for collective action or to solve local problems or even form interest groups and generate livelihoods.
Social media use has virtually no limits. For instance, there is a sharing economy group on Facebook where people give away things for free. Another Facebook group organises people to eat healthy and buy directly from farmers. You share a picture of a public problem or tweet about it, and sometimes help is on your way within minutes.
I feel that in the coming 10 to 15 years, social media is going to change the way we do everything, and for better.