Social Media, by the Numbers

Since I have posted a photo and I am writing this entry, obviously I have decided to returned to WordPress. I truly love WordPress, always have. It is pretty straightforward, allowing the writer and the post to actually do the work rather than the platform being pretty wrapping for an uninteresting gift. I feel WordPress is for writers. I view it like The New York Times. No spin or polish, just great words and relevant images by talented writers.

Okay, so like most people I have multiple social media accounts. I have Tumblr, the bad boy of the blogging world. I have (the now politically tinted) Twitter, though constraining a writer to limited characters seems more like a class exercise than literary freedom. And of course, being a photographer first and foremost, I have the powerhouse Instagram. Of those three, I am truly not impressed by what I can do and what I get from any of them. Then introduce the overwhelming ads, and I am just… Done.

This is my flow: I always start with Instagram. I create a post (which auto reposts itself to Facebook), recreate it on Tumblr, then recreate it again on Twitter. On IG, I get quite a response of likes and comments. Oh happy day! I usually wait until the post gets at least twenty-five likes and/or two or three days before posting a new photo to give that post time in the spotlight.

Now, here’s the sour point. In the area of likes and comments, Tumblr gives next to nothing and Twitter gives absolutely nothing from their respective communities. Same post, same photos, same words. Bummer. However, on WordPress, I recently recreated a simple post from way back in my IG stream and I get a couple of quick likes, on Thanksgiving of all days! So, by the numbers, weighing the return on investment, WordPress wins out.

Never one to apply a permanent solution to a temporary problem, I have decided to simply hang a Gone Fishing sign on my Tumblr and Twitter. No, I would never close/delete those accounts but putting in fruitless work is a waste of time.

Now comes the task of recreating the IG posts on WordPress, to bring it up to speed. No problem, I truly don’t mind. This is The New York Times.

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Spontaneous Photography – World Wired Web

This image hit me like a ton of bricks, and I instantly connected to it. Its jumbled, twists and turns of wires only reminded me of the electronic and virtual connection between us all. 

It is funny how I can love a friend so dearly, that I have never, ever met but yet sit next to someone on a bus and all but ignore them as I tap on my 5.25 inch mobile screen. As much as this ever-expanding digital world has connected us and drawing us together, introducing us to people and events we otherwise would have never had the chance to meet and experience, it  has at the same time pushed us physically apart, from our everyday real world lives. Joyous births and sorrowful passings are readily and quickly announced on social media as well as all the wonderful and tragic events in between. 

The only constant in this world is change, and the only thing that can stop a people is progress. we have long since passed the point of no return, as each of us had become entangled in our own personal wired web.