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Like 4 Like?

You may have seen these hashtags on Instagram before:

followforfollow #likeforlike #follow4follow #like4like #l4l #f4f #tflers #followback #tagsforlikes

Kids are trading likes. You can even buy likes and followers from sites like Fiverr.

Social validation is big business. All the kids want is to be heard. They just want to be likes on screen more so than their real lives.

We’re already all famous. We can create professional looking content and publish it from our bedroom. Everyone is their own tv station.

The only difference is that some people get more likes than others, whether or not they asked for them, paid for them, or have duplicated fame outside the mobile phone.

Hashtags are the fame of the game.

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A coffee break is the best break

A coffee break is the only decisive way to get away from the desk. You can go for a walk or browse the Internet, but nothing can recreate the third place that is the coffee shop.

Coffee shops were the original social networks, where people congregated to share the news and kick around ideas.

Coffee presents the perfect pause in your day, a conscious form of meditation where you can kick back, converse, and reflect. In many ways, the bar is the night time version of the coffee shop. Both coffee and beer are hangout drinks.

Coffee is a way of life, both a work and social outlet, a quick getaway without the stress of packing up.

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The 5-3-2 rule of social media. In other words, create as much as you consume.
The 5-3-2 rule of social media. In other words, create as much as you consume.

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Fast Food Sharing

Instagram Direct didn’t kill Snapchat. In fact, it solidified Snapchat as the preferred private sharing network for spontaneous sharing.

Instagram has established itself as a platform for an edited life. Sending a friend a bunch of quick, shitty pictures taints the main account. It also lingers.

The fundamental tenet of Snapchat is that your content disappears. It’s as simple as that. Snapchat’s business challenge is in developing ways to further innovate that private, ephemeral experience.

Instagram is for the curated life. Snapchat is for the imperfect life. It’s as simple as that.

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Are There Too Many Social Networks?

“Give me a reason to give you my time, and you’ve built something worth using. Otherwise, you’ve joined one of the many apps that quietly pass into the Internet’s ether as empty networks—barren deserts filled with updates no one ever sees.”

Short answer: yes.

I’m less likely to join a new social network now due to sheer burnout and lack of quality. It’s got to be good & useful, a la vsco.

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Name That Blue