Trend-spotting or Trend-sensing?

Posted on April 29, 2014 by


There is definitely a fine line.

Since Chris (@sourcePOV) and I are big fans of semantically flavoured discussions, I’ve taken it upon a myself to whip up this random topic for our seldom-seen 5th Wednesday-o-the-month.

#SMchat prides itself as an online hub that draws a diverse and highly interactive group of participants. Its varied weekly topics have successfully engendered both tightly focused and loosely tangential forms of discussions. And we’ve all benefited from this.

This said, I’d like to invite you to take a step outside the circle for a moment.

Briefly extracted from our immersive worlds, I’d like now to turn your attention to trends.

Yes, those shiny little nuggets we all somehow manage to sift through while panning for gold down our daily hectic streams. The same ones we aim to seize in order to stay ahead of the proverbial curve. And yes, the very ones we sometimes cling to against our better judgment.

Outside of  dutifully observed and collected data that suddenly transpose into colourful charts and infographics we get googly-eyed over, how do we collectively arrive at the conclusion that a given trend is indeed self-evident?

What do we perceive as a truly emerging and soon-to-be prevailing trend within our respective fields of expertise? How can we be certain? Against what and how do we measure its validity?

Lets have a closer look:

Q1 How would you describe the fundamental difference between ‘trend-spotting’ and ‘trend-sensing’?

Q2 What factors would need to be present and prevalent for a trend to be a valid (useful) one?

Q3 Name an instance where you were “deceived” by the suggestion of a trend. How did you realize that it wasn’t the case?

Q4 Are you a trend-senser, trend-spotter, or trend-setter? Does it matter if you sense, spot or set a trend? How so?