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This video has been a hype on the internet over the past view days;
It's not the first time a similar message is send, and it's probably not the last time. Over the years, I've seen many of those messages seen popping up on (how ironically) social media. And while the intention is good, I think the whole "quit social media" thing in general is a bit too one-sided. They don't realize that social media isn't just something we can stop over a day. It has become a collective mindset. A communication standard. Like phone calls and letters used to be our main form of communication in the 90's, social media now has become our standard for communication.
The matter is the same. It's just the medium that shifted.
I didn't have a Facebook account until late 2011, and I didn't have a smartphone until early 2012 (and that was only because my boss got me a new phone, and it happened to be smart). Yes, I was late. The reason for that? I absolutely hated the smartphone generation!
Not long before that, I went to a meeting of a local internet forum. It was the first time since (I think) 5 years there was a meeting. The earlier meetings of the community were always a lot of fun. Not that we did something special. Just hanging out, checking out shops, and talking. It was nevertheless a lot of fun. The new meeting, however, wasn't anywhere near that fun. I can remember going there with a good friend of mine. He, just like me, didn't have a smartphone, and we were the only 2 people that actually talked to each other. The others just kept staring at their phones and laughed about all kind of things that happened online and we didn't get at all. I can still remember us sitting at a bar, having a drink, when 2 people that sat NEXT TO EACH OTHER where laughing about the fact that they just commented on each other's Twitter. Not even 10 face-palms could make up for that... Needless to say; we left soon after that.
When I first got Facebook, I was a bit hesitant on what to post there. I had been on the internet for long, yet I never liked sharing personal details with people. But even despite I didn't share that much, social media was a great experience for me. It has opened up my world entirely!
As a shy person, I always hated making phone calls. I didn't like "just going" to a persons house and tell them I wanted to do something. I felt like forcing myself up to people, and I didn't like that. Let alone that keeping contact with those that studied in another city or abroad was really hard, because of the huge costs of phone calls or traveling. Social media, in that regard, was the perfect solution for me. Because now, all of a sudden, I could stay updated of what was happening in the lives of friends and family that didn't live around the corner. I could send them a message and they could answer at any given time they want -- regardless of timezone. It made communication a bit more open-ended. And that worked very well for me. As an introverted person, I don't always feel like answering people. Now I can just take things at my own pace.
What about the people that get depressed over Facebook, you'd ask me? Well, everything has it's downsides. Of course people try to sketch a perfect picture of them selves. We leave out the negative. We don't post statuses when feeling miserable, because we don't want all of our friends to know when we have a bad day. Then again; did we go to see friends on bad days? I happen to remember that there were days in life, far before social media, that I didn't feel like going out at all. And that I just stayed at home because I felt like shit. The mistake that many people make is that they see social media profiles as a realistic view on people's life. It isn't. It's more like a summary of the best experiences this person has had over the past time. And if you take that into consideration, social media isn't all that depressing.
Before you think I'm preaching social media; I'm not. There certainly are aspects of social media that I don't like at all. One of those things is that nowadays all discussions are so centered about the "me", rather than about a neutral subject (like it used to be, in the early days of the internet forums). That people blabber about totally useless things (like going to the bathroom -- who the f*ck cares???), or that people use it as a medium to bully and threaten others. And... of course there's that facepalm-worthy situation in which people that are sitting less than a meter apart prefer to communicate over Twitter instead of actually opening their mouths and saying something.
But like with everything; moderation is the key. Everything that is overdone gets annoying, and social media is no exception in that.
Over the past years, I've seen people on both sides of the spectrum. From the people that were active on 10+ social media sites, posted every meal on Instagram, and almost seemed fused with their phone. To the people that hated social media and didn't want to have anything to do with it. You know... both extreme's aren't good. The first group tends to get ignored because they spend so much time telling how awesome their life is on social media, that they don't have time to actually live. The second group is basically excluded from information, even though this isn't always done on purpose. I can remember that we had one guy in our group of friends that was basically anti social media. When we arranged a meeting in a Facebook group chat, one always had to remind us to invite person-X as well because he didn't have Facebook. And sometimes... we just forgot.
There are many people that quit social media for a while, just to experience what would happen. Experiences differ from person to person, but are all interesting to read. If you're curious to know how your life would look without it, I encourage you to just try quitting it for a week or two and see what happens. I've done so too and I can assure you; It won't kill you. It will make you think.
Every new technology and every new means of communication comes with pro's and con's. And every new development comes many people that oppose it because they say "things used to be better". Sure, you're allowed to reflect upon that. I would only encourage that. But the point is that it's a continuous movement that you aren't gonna stop, no matter how much you fight against it. Instead of saying how things used to be better, try to get comfortable with how things are now. Make the best out of it! Not everything is as bad as it seems. Sometimes you just need to get used to things...
"You can create art in a vacuum, but you´ll never generate any great ideas from there."
The mind is a muscle and it has to be trained regularly as much as any other muscle in your body.
What does this have to do with social media, you might ask?
In times where many are forced to work alone or as freelancers, social media replaces the work space attitude you find in a usual work environment. Social media is the "global" opportunity to "show-up" and "dress up".
Working in a dull environment or in a work space that is full of people who are waiting for "Friday" to come, you know there is not a real chance to grow on your projects or in general, that is just a place to make a living, but possibly just not for long and if you´d be honest, it is not a worthwhile station in your life too.
Whenever I talk to people, I´m astounded to get asked how I manage to keep up on par with so many social networks, the answer is simple: I consider them different departments of a big office or mall and whenever I have time I check in to get the latest news on interesting topics. The pleasant part of this, you don´t have to deal very much with people you don´t want to talk to.
This surely means there has to be a specific self-discipline to not waste too much time online, alright, that is the nitpick, it might not be for anyone. However, I found this working for me.
The following list includes networks I regularly visit and foster, in order of priority: deviantArt, facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Shadowness, Pinterest, behánce & Google+
Someone might ask why using three, four or more networking sites when the most people are on facebook, because most people tend to share different things on different networks.
One thing people tend to forget is the algorithm of many social media sites, which causes to decide for you what information you´ll see, depending on your connections and your data. Data-mining software and algorithm works always in the back and sorts relevant data for you, not quite the nice English kind of dealing with your information, but this is how it works.The only way to avoid that is to manually crawl through different sources to see relevant information.
If you just rely on facebook for example, you are missing one heap of input from your friends, instead you receive many unwanted and useless bits of information gathered from a software. If the software get´s better and learns it might be possible to get information you really want to receive someday, depending on what you prioritize, but this also means we can be far better manipulated, another reason to keep this habit of manual information harvesting, because it is not possible for the software to render accurate profiles of your online habits.
I usually use online social media platforms to read news about topics I share an interest with someone, or to find inspiration. deviantArt is by far the biggest network right behind facebook when it comes to art and the ability to connect with new and established talent, so it is equally important to show recent works there, to keep in touch or follow up on topics or contacts, facebook is the more adequate option. Google+ is not really the place to be, something I sadly have found out, but I guess it is still not unimportant for search rankings and profiling.
LinkedIn has more value for a polished display of professional engagement and allows to share and gather a vast range of information from twitter to behánce as also other networks, like this blog for example.
Something really great I found and nurture, is the possibility of generating ideas through networking. Sometimes it is a nice evening with friends (yes in real life!), another times it is a small post from a friend on facebook that makes you think, it is always the unparalleled input from various sources that have an impact on us and the time to think about it in the back-burner of our brain.
In fact, being connected more with people I like to be connected with, is healthy to cultivate a creative environment, since working from home for about 4 years now. I did not felt one day to have a creative block, thanks to the valuable input and positive affirmations I read online, its really that small notes you read here and there that are shared with thousands of people at a time, that makes you smile and keeps you going. Compare this with real life work environments, when was the last time, a colleague showed you something motivating or engaging (except for the chain-mails of powerpoint presentation of lovely sunsets or kittens...)?
Pinterest is an even better source for positive sparks of inspiration, motivation and beauty, that can cheer you up in a downtime.
Sharing is caring, even if you don´t know who will benefit from your insights and outputs, karma will find a way, and it will come back to you in one or the other way, think about it.
In this day and age, with the internet at just about everyone's fingertips, social media is making a big boom and is useful for so much more than just socializing with others. Each day more and more businesses jump on the social media bandwagon to help market and promote their goods. For artists this is no different, as these websites are an excellent tool to market yourself, your skills, and of course your art!
Benefits of using Social Media Websites
Be seen! Starting out brand new on any social media website can be a bit daunting and building watchers/followers can take time though there are ways to get noticed faster if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. Some time ago I wrote an article about gaining exposure. While the article is geared towards gaining exposure on deviantART, a lot of the same concepts apply to other websites as well. Do take a moment and give it a read. Gaining Exposure To Art. The most important thing to remember about being seen is that you have to put the time and effort into getting out there where people can see you and your art. Don't be too shy to approach others and get involved, it really does tend to pay off if you do.
Socialize This really goes hand in hand with being seen. Sure you might get lucky by simply posting your work and moving on.. maybe someone popular (with a large following) will stumble upon it and share it with others, or maybe someone with the ability to give a site wide feature will stumble across your work and feature it, you never know, it could happen. But the reality is that you are far easier to be seen, even for those things, if you are putting yourself out there and making friends and just genrally being social with others.
Friendship Make a friend, maybe two, or three, while interacting with like-minded individuals from the comfort of your home (or any other place where you have internet access for that matter). Many social media users end up making wonderful new friends.
Market to your target audience Being a part of, and being involved with social media websites gives you the advantage to learn and get to know your target audience. It also allows you to have a direct link to these people once you've built a following and trying to sell and promote your work becomes much easier when those interested will have it sent directly to them, vs you having to go and pay for ads and hope that the right people see it etc etc.
Popular Social Media Websites
There are so many different social media websites on the web these days that you could probably get lost trying to hunt them all down. I'll just make note of some of the more popular sites I've seen others promote their art on.
deviantART.com Since we are all here anyway, I think it's safe to say that dA is a wonderful place to post your art and be seen. Especially geared towards art, you can not only see and find all the amazing art you are looking for, but you can post your own and be seen as well.
facebook.com Many artists have their own facebook page for their art where they can upload their work and interact with their followers. For some artists using facebook to promote their work has been very helpful.
tumblr.com tumblr is an easy to use site which allows you to upload your work to be shared and shared and shared by as many people as wish to share it making it a good place to get seen.
Pinterest.com Much like tumblr, you can upload your work and others can share it on and on and on.
Twitter.com Link your art, add some #tags and you're ready to go. People can search #tags and will hopefully also find your work. Again, your tweets can be retweeted by other users making it easier to be seen.
Share your experiences in a comment below
How have social media sites benefited you? Do you have a favorite social media website? How many different social media sites do you use regularly? Tell us anything else you wish to share about social media sites.
The Jim Goldstein Photography Blog examines WHY Social Media sites are so valuable to photographers today, and this is one heck of a GREAT read at that and pretty much nails it on the head! Honestly, if you take your photography seriously, then this is a MUST read for you!
Hey everyone! Just a end of year reminder of all my social media pages, where I post everyday!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/yayacosplay Besides Twitter, this is the page where I am the most active. Daily photo posts, musings, convention appearance announcements, any cool project announcements... Definitely recommend you following my Facebook if you want to get to know me!
Twitter: Twitter.com/yayahan I love Twitter and use it everyday, all the time. I would say my personality comes through the most on Twitter because of it's casual conversational platform. Hope to see you on there!
Yaya's Online Cosplay Store: For anyone interested in my cosplay accessories, such as My Little Pony ears, horns and wings, cat ears and fox ears, demon wings, elf ears etc... this is the place to purchase them! My 2013 calendar is also available here, but I am close to selling out.
Yaya's signed photo prints: I get print requests on deviantART all the time and this is the place to purchase them. I sign and personalize each photo and they are printed on 8x12 high resolution glossy photo paper.
Yaya's YouTube: I have just started using YouTube and will be posting a lot more videos in the new year! Definitely subscribe to my channel and look out for more videos coming soon
Yaya's Instagram: I'm starting to enjoy posting on Instagram immensely. All kinds of random photos make their way on my Instagram account daily lol.
Note : btw , if you guys go to AFAid next month , i open booth there , will sell a lot of SNK , FREE , HETALIA , and Evangelion Doujinshi also Prints art , and button and else ( idk ) will upload all of it later , stay tune
THANK YOU !
*im still figuring out how to use Twitter , so sorry if im slowly to reply or else. still dont know how to use it orz...
I decided I'd write this series (hopefully) of journals in hopes of shedding some (personal) light on what I think about certain aspects of social media.
Although I deal specifically with photography in this entry, this really is applicable to any medium (in my mind).
My first is about a simple aspect, posting. I have found various trends and patterns on how sporadically people post in my lifetime of social media (not that long).
Slow down, don't post so much!! One that I find extremely damaging to one's personal reception and status among social media is posting too much. I see it all the time, among those I do and do not watch, you run out and take a nice set of photos, or get around to processing your backlog and all the sudden you have 10s or even 100s of new photos. The temptation to upload all your great photos is both a very real but also a very bad idea. Take it from me, I did it, when I first joined this site and I uploaded my very first photo and that first favorite came rolling in within seconds I was ecstatic. So what was I to do but continue uploading all my "great" photos and watch things come rolling in! I followed this trend for my first few months on this site and the other site I had gotten involved in (G+) and as I went along I slowly noticed a fallout of faves/watches/comments as I uploaded photos in batches. I realized why after I started to watch some artists not unlike myself. In the early parts of my involvement in social media I was fine with a lot of photos posted and even went to lengths to look at each, fave, and/or comment. At the time I had a lot of time on my hands (one of the reasons I joined was that) but as I went along that amount of time began to be more thinly stretched. So when I have people posting 10s-100s of photos at any one time, regardless of their quality, the chances that I will look at all and more importantly (to me) comment on them is increasingly unlikely. I realized that if you don't check dA for 10 days, from any one person, you should have 10 photos AT MOST, preferably less. The same goes for me and anyone else, to put someone on the spot that I'm perfectly comfortable doing so merely on how good they are is Nelleke. If you've spent any time on this site you've seen her work make its way around the front page and DDs on occasion. She has fantastic work and I mean nothing against her. However after watching her I was quickly flooded with photos, great photos don't get me wrong, however the fact that I'm now dealing with 10-30 photos at any one time is too much for me, especially when I have little emotional attachment to the person themselves (again, I mean nothing against her). On this basis alone I have un-watched some people and this will continue to take people off my list. To give you an idea, I checked out the 4 popular (8hours) works on the front page, 2 out of 4 of the artists had posted within roughly a month, the 1 other had posted a week prior, and the last was the only one posting a lot recently. The majority of 'good' artists don't post a ton, most don't even have time.
SHARE THE BEST, SAVE THE REST!! Not only does this trend of too much take place but an equally damaging habit seems to possess some artists. That trend is similar work. I see this all the time also, and it can hurt just as much. If you post 2 photos of the SAME object from a very slightly different angle, I'm going to do one of two things, (1) pick one to fave and comment, or (2) delete both and forget about it. ESPECIALLY when you post 2-15 photos of the same thing. Don't post it at the same time, even similar types, I won't deal with it. If you have two stellar photos of a very similar things, WAIT to post both. Post one now, wait a while, post a few photos in between, then add the other. To me, the viewer, the perspective of the other is now gone to me, and now I have a new treasure to feast my eyes on. It's easier for me to view them as separate photos! If someone is actually nice enough to waste their time dealing with your repeat photos you will find that you're now wasting your time replying to all of them.
So what's my point? What to take away from the time of your's I just wasted?
1. Life is short and time is swift. Old saying but still relevant, people spending their time perusing the interwebs for your work is time, many adults spend their time here, they have full time paying jobs, they want to watch talented people and spend a few minutes on your work a day, a minute or two to check out your latest work and maybe comment. Same goes for students and most anyone, there's almost always something else that they can be doing.
2. RESPECT PEOPLE'S TIME. Including your's, despite the saying of the first point it's still good to take a step back and take your time. Don't post the same thing 10 times and expect people to waste their time commenting/faving/viewing all of them. Don't waste your own uploading something that'll be received the same as everything else.
In summary, decide for yourself what you're looking for in social media. If you're looking for maximum feedback, (watches/faves/comments/etc), then don't post everything at once and don't post similar photos. If you're looking for a storage device and all that I've mentioned doesn't mean anything to you, don't worry about it, continue as usual, don't expect me or anybody to comment and fave every one but be grateful if someone does. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you expect from others.
This reflects my personal opinion, no one else's, some may agree and some may disagree, I'll discuss it if you're interested! I have no one in mind by saying this, and I've made these same mistakes so please don't take offense to this!!
If this was helpful or interesting let me know and I will make a couple other journals on my opinions
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