Instagram recently introduced a new poll feature. It allows users to put a “vote” on their Story. Then their followers can vote on their poll. Apparently, people thought the voting was anonymous. Sorry, friends. That’s the whole point. You poll your followers and everyone can see the results. Some are complaining because they thought it was like Twitter, where the poll results are anonymous. Which makes you wonder whether these should be anonymous or not.
I work in a highly regulated industry, where my organization has to file a compliance report with the government. There are times that we need to provide the government with feedback, without feeling like we are going to be punished for being honest. So, in those, cases it makes sense that we provide anonymous feedback. But this is Instagram. Not a governmental body. They are trying to promote sharing of your story or your ideas. Rather than keeping them private.
Several people panicked on social media when they realized the polls weren’t anonymous. They’re panicked, however, because their answer was rude. Not because their privacy was breached. Should we be taking this so seriously? One Instagram user took to Twitter and said: “Just did a poll on Instagram. Not sure how I feel about seeing people’s answers. Those that said no to seeing my wedding photos. I see you.” That one is funny right? You’re saying what everyone else wants to, but are too afraid to.… Read the rest
I’m going to preface this post by letting you know that I’m not a big fan of Facebook. I am, however a fan of Instagram, and the Stories feature in that app is growing on me. Slowly growing, I might add. But now, you’re going to be able to cross over between the two platforms. More specifically you will be able to post your Instagram Stories into Facebook. You may remember that Facebook Stories launched earlier in the year, and essentially they’re the same as Instagram Stories. I need to stop using the word “Stories” in this post, but I can’t.
Facebook says that they’ve allowed this cross-over because they’re always wanting to make it easier for you to share your moments with the people who matter to you. Which, I’ll buy, but I wonder how useful this is? I guess my problem with this is why have both apps then? And ultimately, won’t one app become the other? The one downside, according to Facebook, is that you can’t reverse post. Meaning, you can’t post from Facebook to Instagram. But they’re not ruling that out for the future.
All of this is interesting, don’t you think? I mean, isn’t this kind of what Snapchat is? And isn’t this what Instagram Stories has become? Instagram Stories has been criticized because it’s turning into Snapchat. Or at least that’s how it seems. And now Facebook is becoming Instagram? A daily active user count has yet to be announced for Facebook Stories, but we know that Instagram Stories is killing Snapchat in this regard. … Read the rest
You can tell that times are changing now, by how we consume content. Most specifically how we are watching TV shows. Club Mickey Mouse will now be streaming exclusively on Facebook and Instagram. What’s more interesting, maybe, is that the show will have around 70 minutes of content per week. According to Disney, it’s not about releasing a single 22 minute episode once a week. According to Andrew Surgerman , “it’s a digital-first variety program that celebrates everything that was done in the original programs, but presenting [it] in the way that it’s consumed by today’s Gen Z audiences”. which means you will get the content through Boomerangs, Facebook Live videos and Instagram Stories.
Facebook is expected to drop $1 billion on original video content next year, so you can expect to see more like this. This kind of baffles me a bit. I no longer use Facebook, and while this isn’t a direct reason, it certainly isn’t enticing me to come back. I probably sound like a dinosaur saying these things, but I kind of like Facebook to stay as a social media platform. That being said, I know that all the kids are into communicating in alternative ways than us old folks do. (Note, I’m younger than I’m going to sound in this post).
Let’s back this up for a moment and talk about Facebook original content. I kind of think this is getting out of hand. Platforms are all now creating their own content?… Read the rest