Could Romantic Elvis Presley Have Shaped the
Social Web Differently from Daring Lady Gaga?
By Shred Pillai of Technorati
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Facebook has amassed a gigantuan membership of over a billion people and Twitter aims to catch up with new features like Vine, taking micro Blogging to
new levels. This spectacular growth of the social web, no doubt, is largely due to its nature as a free place for social interaction.

However, the role in the growth and evolution of social web, of pop stars and celebrities like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber who have enhanced their fan
base and interact with their fans through social web, is also indisputable.

But what about Elvis Presley, who sent millions around the world in a frenzy hardly ever stepping out of the US soil and just by singing I can't help falling in
love with you, when no one had even heard of the social web? Could he have shaped the social web to be a totally different place from as we know it today?

There is no denying that without the Television neither Elvis Presley nor Lady Gaga would have reached the level of popularity they attained. So the
integration of the social web with television by most recent technological advances like social streaming and social DVR, which allows for real time
interaction over social media with time shift would have evolved naturally.

However, the popularity of Lady Lady Gaga, who is a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and activist on the social web is largely based on her
daring stage appearances and the issues like bullying and causes like lgbt which the artist actively support.

Her achievement like being invited to speak at Harvard is more of a reflection of her belief and support of the issues she has chosen to champion for. As a
result, the technology she sought was some means to interact with her fans on the web on those issues, enhancing her presence among her fans, which
created her famous back room chats with her fans and which rendered her role of counselling her fans possible.

But in the case of Elvis Presley it was his talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor which endeared him to millions, as did the humility and
human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of
twentieth century popular culture. He has been described as the sexiest man of his generation, so manly yet beautiful!

In the words of music historian John Robertson, Elvis was a flirtatious teenage idol with a heart of gold, a tempestuous, dangerous lover, a gutbucket blues
singer, a sophisticated nightclub entertainer and raucous rocker.

Years after his death, fans continue to yearn for him with comments like "We will never have someone like him again... Elvis, unique, wonderful, our king
forever!!!!"

Obviously, the persona of Elvis Presley, which had no need of a social web for the entire world to swoon for him, might have attracted the entire world to
Facebook, if he were to have a fan page!

Given the wild passion and infatuation his fans felt for him as was evident from his concerts, It is conceivable that tactile technologies like the remote kissing
devices would have found their place in Facebook much head of simple chat.
May be you could have enjoyed an on demand virtual concert by Elvis Presley singing I can't help falling in love with you, just for you.

Perhaps a new version of the Aloha from Hawaii music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and broadcast live via satellite around the world on
January 14, 1973, in which fans could rejoice by touching Elvis, using this invention, wherever they happened to be could have been broadcast through
Facebook or whatever name the media would have been called.

There is of course many things one can imagine as was possible. The predominant factors would be the key elements which made Elvis irresistibly humane
and accessible to millions. One thing is sure, whatever shape the social web would have assumed, it would have done more to bind people of the world in
romance, love, passion and compassion, qualities which Elvis was graced with in abundance.