My Kind of Being Social.

When things get busy, my blogs get reaaal social media focused. And, nothing says Hanukkah cheer and finals cramming like traveling down the deep hole that is Instagram. But before we stalk and share, let’s chat about how our favorite platforms are changing their tunes and tweaking what they got. Wow, I love these small changes that open new doors to sharing content. Here are the updates.

#1 Upload IG Stories After 24 Hours
Originally, Instagram Stories only let you upload posts from within the last 24 hours of your camera roll. Cue awkward screenshots as a loophole and the struggle of making sure all your content is pulled together before creation. Now, by swiping up on IG Stories, same as before, you now have access to all the smiles and secrets that bless your photo album. This Social Media Today article breaks it down.

Thoughts: Looks like #TB is moving to Instagram Stories and we have another way to share our favorite memories. Not a huge impact update seeing as there were ways around it, but who doesn’t love simplicity and ease.

#2 Snapchat Filters based on AI
Because technology, you know? Snapchat is testing new filters based on the content of your photos. Example: Photo of fries, special “What Diet?” filter pops up. Between image recognition software and context clues in each snap, our favorite quicky is *finally* starting to step up their tech-savvy game.

Thoughts: As a user, this is just another fun tool to customize messages and waste an enormous amount of time. As a business, this could be huge for target marketing and advertising on the platform. Patents filed, cameras ready. Snap away.

#3 Tweetstorm Testing
Welcome to a world where talking to yourself if not only acceptable, but tech is literally being built for it. Twitter is testing a new feature called Tweetstorm that allows a series of tweets to be automatically linked. Think chain rants and endless streams of consciousness. Testing has been confirmed, but the rollout is moving slowly. The best feature: you can edit the tweets in the series. Is Twitter hitting a new peak?

Thoughts: While I’m not a huge fan of the little blue bird, I think the update will clean up timeline clutter and be able to be more of a storytelling platform. It’s another way to add context to the 280-character memories people are already sharing on the site. Twitter is claiming the change will keep users on the platform for longer because they can better communicate their ideas. I’m not convinced that’s how it’ll go down. All I know is once a Tweeter, always a Tweeter. 

Warning: It might be a quiet few weeks as I balance exams with projects with shamelessly binge-watching Riverdale with continuing concussion recovery (hi, six-week mark), but winter break travel is ahead. AKA: a fire Instagram feed is on the way. That’ll def pull me through.


Stuck in my head: Sun Veins // Hippo Campus
Snap it: SOHO (wishing this was currently my reality)

On Socials.

As the Torah says, “When life hands you writer’s block, serve up a cute little social media update to keep your friends up to date on the truly important things in life.” So stretch your scrolling finger and get ready to talk tech.

#1 Comment Threads on Instagram
Looks like we’re officially one step closer to a universal platform. This feature, already showing itself on Facebook, allows you to reply to comments thread style rather than each comment as a separate comment, even when replying. Ugh, hard to explain but this Mashable article does a damn good job.

Thoughts: Welcome to a less cluttered gram. It’ll definitely make comments more easily read and insta-fights less annoying. Embrace the change, baby. It’s probably for the better. Your feed is going to #thrive.

#2 Launching Facebook TV Series
What even is cable? Streaming is obviously huge right now and between HBOgo, Netflix, Hulu, etc, you would think there wouldn’t be any more room at the bar. But here it comes, more exciting than when Carrie and Big finally got together: Facebook is introducing its first series, featuring the Instagram account Humans of New York. Raise a glass to your next binge watch. 

Thoughts: If you’re emotionally unstable this is sure to destroy you. It looks inspirational but also interesting and compelling. Stories from all over the world, created over the past four years, about the real world and the real problems people face. We’re talking drugs, homelessness, depression. But also some of the special moments in life, like love and gratitude and friendship. Check out the trailer and order a box of tissues on Amazon. For more info, I’m going to pass it to this Forbes article.

#3 Getting Rid of Snapchat’s White Border on Imported Stories
While Snapchat is supposed to be an in-real-time kind of thing, we’re all guilty of uploading pictures to our stories after the fact. The real struggle: the white border that shows up when you import from your camera roll. This short video from Digital Trends will teach you how to stick it to the Snap Gods and make each moment look in-the-moment.

Thoughts: I’m up for anything that gives me that Snapchat influencer vibe. Another hack, another step closer to Kylie Jenner status. Enter shameless snapchat plug here: @jmetzman.

That’s all for this week. Unrelated but related: I’m going to need double the spin classes to cope with all this back to school stress.


Stuck in my head: Look What You Made Me Do // Taylor Swift (!!!!!!!!!)
Snap it: CAVA HQ

 

Don’t tell a coder how to code… 

Snapchat is all fun and games until somebody loses a streak. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you need to leave the cave you’re living in and visit the App Store because you are very behind the times and I’m just trying to save you from yourself. 

Spending time with new people and introducing myself/my major has really made me think about who I am on social media and how embarrassingly much I care about it. Except is it actually embarrassing if that’s what I want to do with my life & I know the first thing a person does after we meet is stalk my profile? (Don’t pretend you’re some rare being that doesn’t do it, I know you’re guilty. Own up to it already.) The other day when I asked my friend, Jordan, if a picture was “above a 7/10 on the Instagramable scale” she replied that it didn’t matter, I was being ridiculous, & caring way too much- Instagram is Instagram, it doesn’t define you. Okay, I get what she’s getting at, I’m more than who I am online, but not gonna lie, this struck a chord with me. The way I see it my platforms are my portfolio and my photos are the stories I want to share and remember. Not to mention I get to flex my marketing muscles in there, too. Bottom line- It’s the creative hub of who I am and what memories I chose to advertise. 

If you stalked my Instagram you’d see exactly what you’d expect based on reading my blog- food, DC, Cava, & friends. No red solo cups, but plenty of cities & sunglasses. Got to hold myself to a level of grace, as I said before I’m busy marketing myself here. What happens on Saturday night stays on Saturday night, what happens on Instagram is forever Googleable. 

Let’s throw some other sites in here too with a quick, cute metaphor-

So, I’m really into layering necklaces right now. Love me some choker, midi, & long necklace action. All at once. No such thing as too much. So dynamic. (Enter segway back to the original topic) & I think social media platforms are the same way. Different accounts are different layers of my life and help me to build a dynamic presence. (Dynamic is my favorite word to describe a good social media account- aka more than just party pictures and basic friend shots.)
On the standard outreach side you have Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn for sharing tidbits (like links to this post), pictures, and misc. information with a huge network of people– call this your longest chain.
My midi is VSCO and Snapchat, smaller networks & most frequently used because there’s less concern with number of posts per day/week/lifetime (think quantity over quality), yet they’re also easy, effortless and timeless. For the sake of the metaphor think of these are your Tiffany locket- never gets old & never goes out of style.
& Lastly, you have your choker. This is trendy, instyle, and most crucial part of taking an outfit from eh to yeah. Right now for me, this is my blog & (no surprise here) Instagram. Neither are necessarily classics, but both are statement pieces.

Each site is used for a different purpose, making sharing more specific and personalizable as ever.

“Wow, she sounds like a psycho. Maybe she should get some help.” -Most readers right now.

I guess what I’m saying is that I see social media as my visual voice and I care because I want to be heard. You can get a lot a hate for making your platforms a priority because it’s associated with superficial living, and people may try and save you from that “type of life,” but to me this is just another force to channel creativity and passion into. I’m invested and I think it’s all worth the effort. It’s too late to save me. I’m in too deep. All you can do now is like, comment, & support me through my addiction.

I know this is not everybody’s “thing”, but I would rather have your follow than your criticism. 

So… Find me on IG-@jordanmetzman


Stuck in my head: The Wolf // Mumford and Sons
Snap it: Athens, GA

Unrelated but related- Congrats to my newly sororitized friends. Cheers to many cute pics to come.  Also quick shoutout to my Instagram decision making panel. Such a precious group message. Long live the Instagramable scale.