Shaker: Social Media in the Virtual World

While cruising on Facebook one late night (like most last nights), I came across Shaker.  It looked like a few of my friends were currently using it so I was curious. Was this the next social media fad?

I was surprised by what I saw. It was a chat room and reminded me of the Zynga game YoVille except there’s no need to visit your friends for fake virtual currency and build a virtual space. Shaker is a virtual chat room. It uploads your Facebook information and you’re instantly connected with anyone else within the Shaker land. You can dance, mingle, sit on a couch, drink a Shaker soda and look for people to talk to with your same interests. A bubble with your info pops up if you click on your virtual persona.

The way I see it Shaker is in addition to any social networking tool out there except you get to have a little more fun with it. Instead of chatting with someone via words on Facebook, Twitter, etc. you can find them in a virtual space similar to a chat room. To me, it’s a little creepy. There’s already a complaint that we social media geeks spend too much time indoors behind our computers online and Shaker makes it all the more convenient to be a couch potato by creating a virtual land for all us to pretend like we’re outside when we’re not.  What do you think? Is Shaker going a bit too far or is this just another way to have fun online?

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Ella Jules Wagner is an 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has been part of the KWSM Team since the company was founded in 2010. Jules brings extensive experience in cuddling, humorous antics, and providing stress relief. Read More