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Social Media Roundup

  1. There’s always a story behind a picture, and typically more than 1 pic to a good story. Intriguing app called Storehouse, created by a former Apple employee. Here’s my first post.

  2. Facebook is still the stickiest social platform, with users spending an average of 21 minutes a day on the platform. That’s 33% of social media time spend and 2.6% of all media.

  3. China created a designated walking lane for texters. This is the world we live in: #neverlookup

  4. Did you know that WordPress operates 22% of the Internet. There’s 4 babies and 2 WordPress blogs born every second. I actually remember hearing this stat 2 years ago at SXSW. Hard to believe WordPress has sustained it.

  5. Forget about speaking through images. We no longer speak through text. Keymoji will emojify your text.

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Twitter On Tap

TV is too slow. Facebook’s algorithm takes at least a dozen hours to build up steam. It’s too hard to tell what’s live, archival, owned, and merely sourced on Instagram. Instagram also restricts rebloggability so the best-real time content never goes viral. It’s quite clear that the default tool for breaking and keeping up with news as evidenced Ferguson is Twitter.

Twitter thrives off breaking news. It’s the quickest microphone for people to spread awareness. Protestors in Turkey and Egypt turned to Twitter first to get the word about government corruption. So did the people in Ferguson in complaining about the local police, which appeared to represent the American military more than everyday police officers.

So as much as tech pundits slam Twitter for it’s torpid user growth, it’s still the best way to peek inside the lives of those on the ground. Sometimes the best social media is local.

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Don’t Share This

I refuse to publish something just because it’s trending. What people are talking about is usually the stuff that doesn’t matter. It’s waste. This is why I avoid watching TV and am good at skipping the repeated noise in my Twitter and my RSS feeds – I only need to read most pieces of news once.

Originality is scarce. All news publications are talking about the same shit. Regurgitated information makes you fat.

It’s time to slow down as producers and readers, to focus more on interesting stories, and highlight the everyday things that people now miss.

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Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Tunepics is a new app in the App Store that blends music and photography. You take a photo and pick a snippet from any track in the iTunes library (like Soundtracking) to attach to it. Music adds emotion to life streaming photos, something the creator knows all about having worked for Burberry. But all it takes is for Instagram to add a music layer to its platform to mainstream the ‘soundtrack to life’ concept.

  2. FB introduced Shazam-like app functionality that allows people to tag TV shows and music using the phone’s microphone. This is yet another example of Facebook wanting to build everything on its own to keep you within its walls. Last week, Facebook announced that it’s building its own version of Snapchat.

  3. A Facebook exec takes to Facebook to complain about the state of media. The irony of course is that Facebook is equally responsible for the Buzzfeedification of the Internet. Om Malik points the finger at both social networks and the publishers.

  4. Although it’s never revealed its user numbers, Snapchat is the fastest growing app based on monthly use. The kids want to share privately while still being in public. Is dark social is the new social?

  5. Here’s an interesting look at the emerging global web. People in Kuwait use Instagram to sell sheep and fruit. In Thailand, they use Facebook pages to take orders and manage inquiries. While the West uses social network to promote and tell stories, the rest of the world uses them to conduct informal business.

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Primary Sources

Twitter and Instagram are a place to exchange worlds. You show me your world and I’ll show you mine.

I’m often amazed by the images in my feed from people on the ground in remote places like North Korea, Syria, North Wales, and Reykjavik.

The mobile phone enables people to become primary sources. Citizen journalists create the news. Social media runs faster than the old world of news delivered top-down. No one wants to hear the same news twice.

CNN, MSNBC, Fox, all these networks are bad curators regurgitating what most people have already seen on Twitter. Do I need to hear it again? No, thanks; not unless they’re providing alternative angles and extra analysis which you’ll usually find in The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal in a few hours.

People get their news now either directly or bottom-up from their peers, the same way they do for products and just about everything else.

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The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

Thomas Jefferson

This was probably true, once, but with RSS and permission marketing we can subscribe and hear from who we want.

If you're an artist, photographer, writer, etc., I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE blog on Wordpress).