I admit it – I suck at social media.
I’m not talking about the number of followers I have on Twitter or the number of likes on the new POP GOD Facebook page, although I’m always wishing I had a few more.
I’m talking about the way I use these incredible technologies.
Ever since I got an iPhone I’ve been a lot more connected to Facebook. In the back of my head I was afraid this might happen.
What was once a fun hobby has become an annoyance. I don’t even really enjoy Facebook anymore. Yet I can’t look away.
I still check it religiously, wondering if I missed something important, if someone posted something interesting, if someone tagged me in something or liked my post.
Nope – just another baby picture or irrelevant political opinion.
I used to think the problem was with all of my Facebook friends. Now I think the root of the problem is in myself.
I don’t think my friends have a problem with over-sharing on Facebook. I think I have a problem with over-consuming. Continue reading
I downloaded a new app for my iPhone a few weeks ago called Timehop. Timehop presents your day in Social Media History, allowing you to travel back to your posts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and just about every other outlet (except for Myspace).
It also has an adorable dinosaur named Abe for a mascot. He’s at least 10% of why I downloaded the app.
Timehop is pretty neat. Looking back at all your old status updates and tweets is more fun than you might think. Our old social media posts exist in a weird realm of the internet. They seem so important at first – important enough for us to stop what we’re doing and let the world know exactly what we are doing.
Then, moments later, they disappear, slowly scrolling down our news feeds until they’re simply yesterday’s news.
As fun as it is to look back in history, it’s also a little depressing. Continue reading
A picture is worth a thousand words. And when a thousand words aren’t enough, we use Instagram.
People of my generation (myself included) can’t seem to post a picture without putting a fancy filter on it. Whether it’s through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter apps, or even just on the iPhone itself, no picture feels complete without adding a little tint to it.
Why is that? Why don’t we think a normal picture is good enough anymore?