Use of Social Media: Defines my Generation

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Social networking is the defining characteristic of my generation. Previous age groups were defined by factors such as their parents’ post-war procreation rates or their own collective inclinations for tie-dye and peace signs, but ours is definitely latched with social media.

If desired, essentially every positive, negative, interesting, funny or mundane life event can be broadcasted to some form of friend sharing site. Tweet about it. Drinking Starbucks? Snap a picture and post it on Instagram. Find a picture of a cute pair of shoes? Pin it on Pinterest. Our socializing doesn’t stop once the face-to-face contact ends.

This so-called phenomenon has been reviewed, studied, and researched by countless experts ad nauseam, and quite honestly, I’m a little bit sick of hearing how our alleged “addiction” is leading to negative consequences. Parents and teachers across the country complain that we’re glued to our laptops and smartphones and are therefore developing anti-social and isolated behaviors.

However, I have my own list of grievances regarding the behaviors in which some of my peers have chosen to engage. These misuses on social media sites are what I believe are the true horrors of Facebook, Twitter, etc.

For the majority of Facebook users, the status is used periodically to post several sentences or a picture about a current life event. However, among a select group of misinformed Facebook users, the status update is used as a private diary dumping grounds where the worst of hormonal teenage angst is displayed for the entire world to see.

I definitely realize that everyone is allowed the right to post whatever and whenever desired, but for the sake of courtesy in general, please leave these tortured artist novels for your close friends.

We all have our own personal problems that sometimes just need some friendship support, but really, is Facebook the time or place? Besides, your future employer probably won’t want to hire someone who is so transparent with their emotional issues.

In the end, I know social media users will probably all continue with their same bad habits. This article isn’t really a call to action for some type of revolution but more of a way to express to adults that even we have problems with the way social media are used. Anyway, I have to go. Time to update my Facebook status with the link to this article.

Enjoy reading! 🙂

Will the “Flickr Fix” Work for Pinterest?

Mae Limboc: Will the “Flickr Fix” Work for Pinterest?
Pinterest just announced a partnership with photo-sharing site Flickr. This deal isn’t a no-brainer considering that Pinterest users are siphoning most images from Flickr. A sharing button has been added to Pinterest, and each pin will contain full attribution info which is useless for now.

Whenever you post something on Pinterest that image becomes “free” due to the casual nature of the site. Users don’t really care about this whole image attribution issue but publishers are pissed off. So to addressed this concern, Pinterest came up with a deal with Flickr that recently confirmed that it had included the code for all copyrighted and non-public pages.

The Flickr Fix will be beneficial to Pinterest which thinks that they can get over the copyright issues without being acquired by Google. While this move by Ben Silbermann’s camp is not send significant repercussion compared to if they were bought by Google, The Flickr fix will complement each other without compromising their identities. Before Pinterest and Instagram, Flickr was arguably the most distinct image-sharing platform but it didn’t project itself as a social platform. Pinterest and Flickr are aware that visual platforms are about:

User engagement and Buzz Marketing are built around communities
It’s about making the content more instant and establishing a presence on mobile
User-generated content paves the way for more “visual communication” that lets brands engage more with consumers
As the social web embraces the visual engagement revolution, Pinterest and Flickr will emerge as winners from this partnership. The Internet’s next big social network and the old reliable will serve as bridge between consumers and brands. Brands are now establishing their presence on Pinterest. On the other hand, Flickr is a consumer haven where they give every user control. Pinterest is brand-friendly. Flickr is user-friendly. What’s not to like?

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Mae Limboc is an Social Media Specialist at Visual Ally Incorporated. She has been in the company since it started and is currently being trained for Social Media. To practice her learning’s, she is now trying to venture out into blogging. Her blogs usually showcase their different activities and interests and also her experiences of a newbie in the Social Media world.

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