NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With tablets and smartphones taking the stage at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, the intersection between gadgets and social media is expected to be a big trend at the event.
As the number of users of social networking sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook continue to snowball -- the social networking giant recently surpassed Google (GOOG) as the most visited Web site in 2010, according to Web tracker Hitwise -- electronics can no longer afford not to have a social interactive element within them, said Carl Howe, an analyst with Yankee Group.
The ability to allow owners to socially engage with others, he said, intrinsically increases the value of devices by connecting users to people and things they care about.
The new areas social media is expected to cross at CES:Social Television Led by the much-hyped Google TV, several electronics makers like Samsung and LG are expected to announce devices that merge traditional televisions with Web browsers. Many of these TVs will come pre-loaded with applications that allow users to update their Facebook status via the Web interface, send out messages to their Twitter followers and engage with friends remotely to share and comment on what they're watching.