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07
Apr

5 intelligent ways to think about Snapchat

  1. Friends. I keep in touch with friends literally on the other side of the world. We know Snapchat highlights the transitory nature of friendship, but it enhances it and it makes me laugh more than other social media channels. It’s a snippet of daily life that it’s hard to get elsewhere – Facebook’s photo albums feel more static in comparison. It’s the 140 character equivalent in video and photos. You can’t go in depth – and yet it doesn’t feel superficial, seeing the most random spontaneous details of peoples’ lives and appreciating my own. Life is in the small things.
  2. Love. What did you do for Valentine’s Day this year? Did you make it onto Mashable’s top Valentine’s Snaps? Roses and chocolates are so out dated. And if you don’t use it for your own love, follow celebrities’ relationships on Snapchat. It’s funny and cute and mistakes easily happen, like to that Bachelorette couple. Snaps should be hilarious and it’s a more private public show of affection and those little moments in a relationship that you want the world to see. It used to be Facebook, to show off how lucky you are with the hot new boyfriend/girlfriend who’s treating you to a night out, but it just doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, I think it’s cooler not to put your relationship status on Facebook anymore. Maintain that mystique, outside of those precious few seconds Snapped.
  3. News. Of course, news outlets need to be on Snapchat. They can curate several perspectives of the same event such as a protest, and they can crowd source what’s happening on the ground by reaching people connected to GPS on their phone. Of course “after dropping the paywall, The Sun goes looking for audiences where they are – and that includes Snapchat”. And this is the news you want, you get to see the news through the eyes of people you follow, and it’s more akin to real eyes than other social media channels. This is the best news curation app since… you could write letters to newspapers. It works particularly well for arts, culture and fashion: see Harper’s Bazaar‘s directory.
  4. Webinars. Wait, hear me out. Digital Marketing Magazine says they’re the future of digital marketing and with ON24 one webinar can be used in so many different ways. If you can split webinars into several parts, put them on Snapchat. and forward them between friends, it’d be so cool. And think about it, the registration to webinars operates on the basis you will miss out if you don’t get there for the specified – that’s almost exactly how Snapchat operates.
  5. Philosophy. Snapchat has got into my mind. The brevity of Snapchat – just like Twitter, and Vine – is the appeal. It’s the shortness of life. The transitory nature of Snapchat has a dark Freudian death drive about it. And the Snap snips are so real and the crude sketches you can impose are so basic (remember Paint?) that it has a childlike innocence about it. So if Millenials are a product of their environment, technology and culture – like all people – then what does Snapchat say about us? It may well be the better way to communicate. And, when a Snap disappears, where does it go? Where should it go?! When you accidentally open it and close it, you can’t get it back – like in real life. And I mean, that’s unacceptable for social media…
  6. Philosophy could learn a lot from what’s popular:

 

 

 April 7th, 2016  
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14
Jul

Facebook statuses, I write.

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/842545

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/842545

‘I’m bored of writing,’ I write, into the accusatorily blinking Facebook status box. I drop the words into it’s post-box slot and release them into the abyss. I semi-pretentiously wonder what to write next, as if Facebook matters, as if it matters if I have quality thought out here.
No. Every day it more and more resembles a lost-and-found prison, painted in clinical blue, where some passers-by with hangovers typing in their memories and contacts from the party the night before. People sometimes lose themselves in here.
Even we, the cute ‘Facebook generation’, see the low-level fun of self-aggrandising, self-deprecating statuses is diminishing. There’s nothing to prove any more. Relationships move on, people forget, people don’t care, or if they do, it’s weird; we get it now. There is a time and a place for passive-aggressive messages. Was it ever Facebook statuses? Perhaps it was always post-its on the fridge.
Sponsored posts and company pages become the realm of the employable social media writers. The nostalgic innocence of idealistic University students indulging in vanity is swept away. I mean, grow up. We’re adults now.
The only people who give their statuses any (unpaid) thought any more are, like, professionally branded ‘writers’, or… people who don’t know much about Facebook, really.
Amirite?
 July 14th, 2014  
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07
Jul

B0ring Tweets vs Ricky Gervais; my appreciation, your treat.

Adapted conversation from when I introduced funny guy The Bunnybeater to… @b0ringTweets Versus @RickyGervais

Here’s Episode 6. It’s a particularly good one. Episode 7 was a bit of a let down after that, to be honest.

B: “I don’t understand.”

A: “You don’t understand?”

B: “I…I’m starting to be entertained by them, but I’m not sure why. But, not hugely entertained. Just a little.
“It’s odd. Perplexing. It’s like a joke I can almost grasp, but not quite.”

A: “Exactly! … When you actually laugh, that’s when you’re in trouble.”

B: “…You’ve actually laughed?”

A: “Right. So. If you read Boring Tweets you’ll see how its funny Gervais is trying to push his limits. Like a test of will. He caaaan’t keep up boringness. And Boring Tweets takes his time, it’s tense… Its like. That can’t possibly be manouevred to be more boring. But he trumps Gervais every time! The Olympics of being boring, as it were… And humour is basically playing with expectations, after all?
…Not that im really into it and thought about it much or anything.” *whistles*

*serious silence*

A: “It’s just so unfunny its funny, okay!”

B: “Oh you’re so very English.”

A: “How’s that very English?”

B: “The ‘so unfunny it’s funny’, the actively trying to find humour in being deliberately mundane. It’s a very specifically English trait.”

A: “Well… it is! I suppose Gervais captured that awkward social small talk unbearability in The Office. I love it because, well, it’s… kinda soothing. Reassuring. The mundane. Yet also so irritating. And that tension is the funny. You want it, but you don’t. You realise what a waste of time this is. You feel – really feel – the futility of life, spent in these boring (but not bored) moments watching the trusty monotonous photocopier machine repeat in The Office’s cuts or the pregnant pause for thought as Boring Tweets is warming up to say something utterly, resignedly, but addictively and hypnotically, pointless.
Isn’t this the very tragi-comedy of life itself?!”

LOOK. I’M DEEP.

A: “You know what else is pointless?
.. A blog post on this conversation! Yes! I love pointless blogging! It’s reassuring!”

*30 secs later*

Afterthought: Ya know, it’s not just the genuine believability of boring tweets, it’s the consistent cadence and right rhythm perfect for Twitter. I did linguistics of dramatic script at University for one semester and that paper would have had a field day on this.

07
Feb

Occupy Facebook with art. Did you?

“The idea is to occupy facebook with art, breaking the monotony of lunch, selfies and sport. Whoever likes this post will receive an artist and has to publish a piece by that artist.”
I got Georgia O’Keefe… who did you get?
Georgia O'Keefe New York Moon (sic)

Georgia O’Keefe
New York Moon (sic)

 February 7th, 2014  
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