On Instagram Straight Flexin


The minute I wake up each morning, I grab my alarm clock (a.k.a. my iPhone), unlock it, and spend the first moments of my day checking social media outlets. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. Facebook is obviously the most dominant of the four. Facebook has been part of my life since I was 14 years old; it’d be very easy to imagine what my world would be like without Facebook. Although it often offers the most intimate information about the people you’re connected with, Facebook offers the least intimate experience. I often find myself deliriously reading my news feed and asking myself, “Who is this person? Why are they on my news feed? What on earth are they talking about? Why do I care?” Many people I’m friends with (I’m talking about real-life friends) have deleted their Facebook for extended periods of time; some reactivated their account and some have remained “off the grid.” Perhaps it’s because they are more novel than Facebook, but I would have a much harder time deleting my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat.

Both Instagram and Twitter have a format that allows for more personal sharing that would normally happen in the real world. Facebook offers so much information that is entirely unusable. I really don’t care about what my best friend’s little brother ate for brunch, but Facebook puts it on my newsfeed. I think the exclusivity on Twitter and Instagram come from their terminology. To connect with someone on Facebook you must “Friend” them. “Would you like to be my ‘friend’ so we could both be updated on the mundane lives we each are living?” It’s almost rude to not accept a “friend request” from even the most obscure “real-world” connections. The information gained from such “friends” is often unwanted and, for the most part, useless. Twitter and Instagram on the other hand each use the terminology of “following”. “Following” someone is a lot more deliberate than accepting a “friend request”. What I mean by more deliberate is that you choose to “Follow” where as you’re practically obligated to accept a “Friend Request.” On Twitter I follow 115 users, compared to the 1000+ friends on Facebook. The information I consume on Twitter is far more relevant and worthy of consumption than that of Facebook. Twitter consists of close friends’ quirky thoughts, not aimed at anyone in particular, and short amusing anecdotes. If Twitter, or Instagram, were to disappear I feel that my “real-world” connections would suffer far more than if Facebook were to disappear. I care about what a friend of mine tweets, I don’t care about the 180 picture photo album my cousin’s ex-girlfriend put up of her spring break.

"Hit that flash quick, Post my bad habits,F*ck you and your Instagram." - Pain by A$VP Rocky

“Hit that flash quick, Post my bad habits,
F*ck you and your Instagram.” – Pain by A$VP Rocky

My Twitter and Instagram, because they are more exclusive and personal, are a much deeper extension of myself than my Facebook. The smaller audience size of my Tweets and Photos, as well as the limited amount of output all users are allowed, enables me to share deeper, richer content while knowing those reading are more likely to appreciate my statements. For this reason, I think Instagram and Twitter are far more personally fulfilling than Facebook. Rappers like Trinidad James and A$VP Rocky recognize the greater intimacy of these social media outlets and reference Instagram by name in their lyrics. A world without Twitter and Instagram would be less enjoyable than a world without Facebook.

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A College Student’s Nightmare: Life Without Facebook


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What would we all do in our spare time without Facebook? Whenever a spare moment, it is commonplace to see people checking their Facebook wherever you go. Many of us would probably admit to being slightly or even completely addicted to the social website. For the people who are heavy users and update their Facebook page on a daily basis, it is interesting to wonder what would happen if their Facebook suddenly just disappeared.

Behold, the terrible reality of life on Earth without Facebook!

The Social Network 2

This parody highlights how so many of us have unthinkingly turned to social networks as the means to organize all of our social events, to the point where just asking a crowded room of people to a future event seems hopelessly disorganized.

Before the mobile phone, for instance when my parents were my age, people would make a greater effort to meet at a pre-arranged time and place, knowing that there was no way of informing the other party of changed plans at the last minute. If the Facebook event option of clicking the “maybe” button were to be removed, people might actually commit to a “yes” or “no” more often.

In reality, most of us invest an enormous amount of our time into this virtual social world that could feasibly disappear. Not only would the millions, even billions of photos and content that were exclusively uploaded to Facebook be gone forever, but the relationships forged within the site would be gone as well. For instance, you may be Facebook friends with an Australian or Russian, and Facebook has served to remove the geographical boundaries that exist between your two separate locations. Without Facebook, this friendship would most likely be gone. Unless of course you had taken note of their email address before the site was shut down.

In terms of business, the loss of Facebook would strip brands of an extremely effective marketing and PR tool. Having a presence on Facebook has afforded brands the opportunity to speak to their customers in a more direct and personable manner than ever before.

It is clear that Facebook is firmly entrenched as a vital part of our work and play time than we may realize. It also suggests that there is no going back. Social media is now a permanent feature of our world.

The Huffington Post recently posted a video entitled, “ What if Facebook Disappeared Tomorrow?” Feel free to watch here:

 What If Facebook Disappeared Tomorrow?

What are your thoughts? What do you think would happen if Facebook just disappeared?

 

Interesting People (Blog Prompt 4)


For this week, I am crowd-sourcing to you all the fun work of finding some possibly interesting people to target to bring to campus.  There is no guarantee that the stars align for any of these, but it should be fun to explore.

To help, for your post, I want you to find ideally video or audio of the person speaking or presenting on their area. Continue reading