Can Social Media get you in trouble?

Earlier last week it was reported that Kim Kardashian had been held hostage and robbed whilst visiting Paris for Paris Fashion Week. There have been many theories to why she was vulnerable and robbed but a point made by well-known designer Karl Lagerfeld was that she shouldn’t have shown off her jewellery on social media.

To have over £8 million pounds worth of jewellery stolen from you has to hurt the bank balance as well as the physical and mental impact it has on you.

This got me thinking, if you have it should you flaunt it?

Does bragging about materialistic items get you in trouble like Kim or is it best to just stay truthful to yourself and not flaunt it like Richard Branson. Yes I know 2 names that I never thought I would use in 1 sentence but it just goes to show that there are some people with lots of money and materialistic items who are true to themselves whilst others who enjoy the spotlight.

I do feel sorry for Kim and no one should be in a situation like that however when there is a limit of flaunting your wealth or achievements.

Don’t get me wrong if I buy myself something nice or go somewhere different I do occasionally post a picture on Instagram or Snapchat but when does it go from just updating people about your life to bragging and showing off and in the example above it actually get you in trouble.

Just a bit of food for thought, next time you decide to post pictures of your wealth or expensive possessions on social media just think, are you happy to letting others know a bit too much about your life?

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Battle of the stories – Instagram vs Snapchat

My usual routine when I wake up is to grab my phone turn that annoying alarm off and scroll through all my social media accounts! Earlier this week when I was scrolling through Instagram and noticed that there were some changes to the platform – the introduction of stories…

*cue the dramatic music!*

I was a little confused and my initial thought was is Instagram trying to be “Instachat” or “Snapgram” however once I was fully awake and on my journey to work I thought I would play around with the app some more to figure out how best to use this.

Well after some research (both using it and the internet) this is what I found out:

Instagrams new features What Snapchat does already
Text and drawing tools which means you can write text over a picture or draw a picture Its exactly the same as Snapchat except snapchat has filters and stickers
Photos and videos disappear after 24 hours Pretty much what snapchat USP is
Stories from follow accounts will appear at the top of user feeds Its called snapchat recently updates/stories
You can’t like or publically comment on the Instagram stories Similar to snapchat nothing is public. All comments are private

 

After looking at all the information I could find about this update and my use of it,  I came to an honest but brutal conclusion – I think that Instagram has copied Snapchat. I know it’s harsh however if they were to roll out a new update I think it would be appreciated by its users if it was a bit different or had a USP that we can differentiate.

I think it can easily dilute a brand if it has so much going on which I think is a shame if it does. I always think that if I want to post a picture of something that everyone will appreciate I would go to Instagram and if I want to update my friends with the random stuff I do then I go to snapchat. There is a purpose for both but I’m just not sure if I am going to like the mix of the both. However I know I shouldn’t dismiss an update so quickly so I will give it a chance and see how I get on and in the meantime over the next few weeks we’ll find out more about what other users really think!

Something exciting coming soon to a twitter profile near you…..

You may have heard on the grapevine that there will be changes to Twitter and it has finally be confirmed from Twitter HQ that they will evolve how we can communicate on Twitter.

Over the years Twitter has grown from its 140-character message and simple interface to its now polished and interactive platform where users are able to add photos, videos, create polls etc.

You can already do quite a lot in a tweet however the hot shots at Twitter would like us to voice our opinions without being restricted to the 140 characters therefore they will be making a few tweaks to how much we can write.

So what does the Twitter upgrade mean for us fellow tweeters? Currently all @names, media attachments use up the precious 140 characters however this is set to change.

So what is changing?

  • Replies – when you reply to a Tweet the @names will no longer count towards your 140 character count this means your conversations will probably flow a lot better and you won’t have to cut out key words that help your tweets make sense – Finally I can start spelling out words in full!
  • Media attachments – if you had any attachments to your tweet such as photos, videos or polls etc they won’t be counted which will allow you to more character for words!
  • Retweet– the developers will be adding a retweet button to our own tweets so when you tweet your blog at 3am in the morning you can RT it the next morning when more people will see it!

A date has yet to be confirmed of when this will be rolled out but I am definitely looking forward to it!

If you would like to read the official press release from Twitter you can read it here: https://blog.twitter.com/express-even-more-in-140-characters