Facebook Suffering From Severe SnapChat Envy
As social media continues to grow and evolve Facebook still reigns as the dominant site. In addition, its native messenger is the top communication app followed by WhatsApp which FB acquired In 2014. Add Instagram to the Facebook team and you’d think Mark Z would have no issues at all regarding digital dominance. So can someone explain why every week we’re hit with another feature upgrade ripping off Snapchat? They’re not even trying to be subtle with it.
Instagram stories may go down as the one understandable and well executed Snap rip off of them all. On the most visually focused platform, taking the core snap function and making it complementary element of IG was smart. You have the main platform for the best images you take while utilizing the 24 hr cycle of the stories feature to give real-time interaction. Adding the LIVE broadcast feature from Facebook into the Instagram system creates the perfect short form social media platform. From there I would have loved for the Facebook team to focus on new features to make FB/IG/WhatsApp stand out from Snap. No such luck.
WhatsApp & FB Messenger have both been given a useful 24 hr Snap status features. In addition, they’ve also been flooded with childish filters/masks that have taken a life of their own on SnapChat. I’m sure there are those that love this but personally, I don’t get it. Imitation at all costs when you’re already the dominant force in the industry reeks of insecurity. Maybe its a ploy to pull in more Gen Z users who prefer images over classic text content?
Let’s not forget that Facebook tried to acquire SnapChat back in 2013 but had it’s $3 Billion offer snubbed but the up and coming app. I guess if you can’t buy them out you recreate them on your own terms.
Here’s a look at the timeline of FB vs Snap activity. What do you think of Facebook ‘s Snap feature integrations?
THE STORY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAMURAI: COMMUNICATION SHORTCOMINGS
It seems that every and all things comes down to communication. What you say, how you say it and in my case who you elect to say it too. I’ve always viewed information as selective. Everything isn’t for everyone to know and I would base this on my own personal check list of criteria. What is the overall value of this info, does it relate directly to the person I’d be telling it too, is the info complete in itself or part of something larger I may not want to share at this time, is this something that makes me happy? That’s just an example of what runs through my head both personally and professionally when I express myself. In a time when it seems that a majority of people express themselves first then think about it later I’m definitely part of the “Think twice, press send button once” crowd. For the most part it’s a communication method that has served me well.
Yet, there are still lessons to be learned. In personal matters I’m extremely tight-lipped with things until I’m ready to share. It’s a way that many don’t always get/like but it’s what works for me so I honestly don’t need it to make sense to others. When I’m not happy I play things really close to the chest. When I am happy I don’t want to mess things up by talking about it too much. It’s an internal balance for me and I can admit that in trying to reach that balance I’m not usually worried about other people’s view on it. I’m a guy that overall doesn’t like to waste words so that has resulted in folks not hearing what they think they should.
I’m learning that’s not always the best way to approach things. As much as I speak to the power of family, friends and community, I am realizing that my cause is better served by having more faith in the people I trust to react well to whatever it is I have to share. Even if the initial reactions aren’t that positive, the result of having more open communication in the end will show who truly is down for supporting me.
There is no blueprint to this thing called life. You’re going to get thrown an array of things you may have no idea how to handle and your best bet is that you make sure that with each passeing situation you handle it better than the one before it. I’m committing myself to that level of improvement. Wish me good luck.
Internet Ethics: Can vs Should
The lovely world wide web is just full the wonders and amazement. It’s an ever-expanding pool of information and in the proper hands there is really no limit to what can be achieved. Unfortunately that is where we encounter a major issue. Whose hands are the proper ones? These Internets have no dress code, no height requirement to get on, no needed educational background to be considered for acceptance. The door is wide open and with that comes all sorts of people with their own respective views of what the purpose of the Internet is. One of the reoccurring talking points is the matter of what you can do vs what you should do. It is the issue of online ethics and as we all know that is no true guide book for what is right and wrong. So how do we manage things so can get the best out of this social media technology?
Personally, I try to apply basic rules of courtesy and while it may be silly to some I do think of others in regards to the things I post and how I share content. Even before I took my online activities in a more professional direction I was never a reckless poster. The internet is wide open in a way that many of us didn’t grow up with for other media platforms. Especially in terms of graphic material. X rated content had its space and there was usually some kind of buffer between it and the general public. That is no longer the space. Every scroll down your timeline or news feed can result in explicit material all in your face. Truthfully it baffles me that people so casually share such things across their respective pages without the slightest thought or concern and then if you question it they have the nerve to get mad at you. Often you get a reply back referencing freedom of speech and the right to post whatever they want. This is true. You can do essentially anything you want, but at what point did our freedom to do things equal a blanket need or requirement to do so? When does the inner voice speak up and say no let’s not share this vid clip from the latest E level celebs sex tape? Or if you’re really trying to engage in that topic of conversation can you learn to eliminate preview images? It’s not just about sexually graphic imagery either. This pertains to all extreme content. It should be my choice what to see on my screen so use a little tact vs exposing us to bloody slaughtered animal so you can make a statement about being a vegetarian.
The sad truth is that no matter the amount of filtering to your social media channels it wont always work. This is a shared digital space and things will get through the cracks. Just as you can put music on to drown out voice as you go about your business you will still have a moment when something you didn’t want to hear gets heard. Is it just unrealistic to want a mature clean yet still adult online existence? That may be the case as the rest of society continues to allow more and more of the things once deemed profane. In the end perhaps this is just online communications reflecting what we are offline?