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)

The Only Relevant Holiday.

Oh my, now would you look at the calendar? It seems today is one of the only holidays I actually enjoy. Welcome to Social Media Day. And no, I didn’t make it up, Mashable has my back. But, I bet you thought this was about America’s birthday or whatever we celebrate on July 4th. Apologies for my not knowing; I learn all my history from Hamilton. 

Back to it. As we’ve discussed before, I’m not so into commercialized holidays. But this holy day of the year cherishes the one thing I spend more time doing than thinking about avo toast. Today we celebrate LinkedIn, Facebook, Snap, Twitter, and the most royal of all, Instagram. Postmates is already delivering the Baked and Wired cupcakes.

In honor of the occasion I thought I would briefly discuss some social media updates, rumors, & my thoughts on all the madness. Just keeping it real here. Jordan coming at you from her kitchen, Lorde playing softly in the background. Unedited. Unfiltered. Always hungry.

#1: Death to the Finsta
So for all my friends out there that aren’t as Insta-obsessed as the rest, a “finsta” is a separate private Instagram account for users to share funny, embarassing, shambly memories (photos, captions, videos, etc) with a smaller group of followers than their main account, usually reserved for the BFFs. Recognizing that users want to create smaller communties, Instagram is toying with the idea of creating a separate tab for profiles, called “Instagram Favorites,” to allow users to have finstas attached to their original accounts. You choose who sees it. You choose what posts go where. It’s essentially two feeds on one account. 

Thoughts: To be honest, I love it. The only reason I don’t have a finsta is because of the whole log in, log out thing. It becomes maintaining two accounts instead of one. As Hannah Montana would gladly say, this is basically the best of both worlds. Just another reason Instagram is taking over the world. They just get it.

#2: Snap Map
Snapchat is letting users track each others’ locations all through a map on the app. Essentially what you do is pinch your screen until a map appears with all your snap-buddies’ Bitmojis. Zoom in tightly and you can pretty much tell exactly where a person is. Rumor had it users get a notification when you click on their name to find their location. Tested first hand, the rumor isn’t true. Insert loud exhale. Stalk away. There is also an invisible option where you can lurk in the shadows, unlocated.

Thoughts: You do you Snap, but I’m gonna do me and pretend this update doesn’t exist. The feature is unoriginal (hello, Apple’s Find My Friends option) and creepy. Offically going full ghost. Text me if you need to find me.

#3: EyeEm
New photo sharing app alert. If you thought VSCOCam editing was revolutionary this is next level. The app has a machine learning feature that can recognize postable vs. not so postable images. Bye bye camera roll clutter. Intended as a photo-selling platform, EyeEm compares your photo options to the bank of pics already uploaded. Basically, the more people that share, the smarter EyeEm gets. We’re on the road to prime Insta selection.

Thoughts: While still new to EyeEm, I’m impressed by its ability to crawl a photo stream quickly and pull out images. Not all its suggestions were double tap worthy, mostly because it was pulling suggestions based on an algorithm that wasn’t created to determine if my open mouth smile is just a little too open or if my dress is wrinkled. But dear sweet EyeEm, I see a teenage girl overload coming you way. I hope you can learn to spot an almond milk latte from a soy one.

Honestly, I’m just proud to live in a world where social media gets a day to shine.


Stuck in my Head: 50 Shades of Cray // The Bitch Bible Podcast
Snap it: The W Hotel, Washington DC

Apologies for the MAAAAJOR geek out. Love a good social media update, though. Check out Mashable’s Social Media Page for more. It’s a must.