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Convergence of Social Networking and M2M Services

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This study explores the intersection of two of this decade’s technological megatrends: M2M communications, and social networking. The former is the critical ingredient in the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). The latter represents, meanwhile, the variable whose addition to the equation brings the IoT to the next level. In other words: Things + People = Internet of Everything, or IoE.

The first part of the study presents the basic idea underpinning the emergence of this "social M2M", classified under four sub-categories. The second part provides analysis and examples of each category. Finally, the third part of the study includes ABI Research's latest forecasts demonstrating the scale and the growth trajectory of consumer-facing and enterprise-facing social networking services.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1. CONVERGENCE OF PHYSICAL, DIGITAL, AND SOCIAL SPHERES
    • 1.1. What Is Social M2M?
    • 1.2. Confluence of Physical and Digital Does Not Necessitate Connectivity
  • 2. ANALYZING THE FOUR FORMS OF SOCIAL M2M
    • 2.1. Social Inflow
    • 2.2. Social Outflow
    • 2.3. Social Outflow - Enterprise-facing
    • 2.4. Social Outflow - Consumer-facing
    • 2.5. Social Interface
    • 2.6. Social Data Crowdsourcing
  • 3. HOW SOCIAL NETWORKING MEASURES UP IN SIZE
    • 3.1. Scale of Consumer-facing Social Networking
    • 3.2. Scale of Enterprise-facing Social Networking

Tables

  1. Social Networking Users, World Markets, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  2. Share of Social Networking Users against Total Population, World Markets, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  3. Facebook Users and Activity by Selected Metrics, World Markets, 2013
  4. Active Social Network Deployments by Enterprise, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2018

Charts

  1. Social Networking Users, World Markets, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  2. Share of Social Networking Users against Total Population, World Markets, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  3. Social Networking Users by Enterprise, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2018
  4. Active Social Network Deployments by Enterprise, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2018