Tuesday, April 16, 2013

About Social Media Rules


It's undeniable to say social media became part of our life, for some of us even really big one. I know it's been while since I have posted something here, but since time is extremely valuable and limited source, I try to use it effectively and spread among networks I'm in (not equally, I should admit). The most favorite social network of mine now is Instagram, where I am @cocosh. I use it everyday, but it doesn't take lots of my time to post a picture or two and have a look and my friends' feed, which I choose very carefully, and developed my own criteria to pick up users to follow. Such as; -I am visual person and I have certain requirements for the pictures I'd like to see in my feed -I really don't like when people post more than one picture at a time from the same place with just different angle -I believe the optimal number of pictures to post during one day (not at the same time) shouldn't exceed 5-6. Otherwise you're turning into spammer -Instagram has some great functions as cropping, enlarging, enhancing colors & filters. Why not use them? Again, don't exaggerate, turning the picture into something unrecognizable. -I don't like when a person posts mainly personal pictures or pictures with people I don't know (and don't care) -I believe every picture should have some point (esthetics, information, fun etc). If you have a public profile, obviously you share your photos not only for yourself or your family, so before posting a picture ask yourself if it has any kind of point for the person who doesn't know you -If I want to see some nice pictures from Internet, I use Pinterest, not Instagram. So on Instagram I like to see only personal pictures, preferably taken on the mobile phone, since it's a mobile application. There are some popular Turkish Instagramers, who have thousands of followers, but most of their pictures are taken with professional equipment, which I find not very honest. I recently attended the exhibition of one of those famous Instagramers, which he announced on Instagram. There were about 50-60 pictures exposed, none of them was taken on the mobile phone (I was really curious and asked him). Of course, it's a great way to promote yourself, but on other hand I know some great mobile photographers who really managed to keep the spirit and develop the skill to take the great pictures on their phones (for example my friend Elif aka @fisheyedreams) As for Instagram and Twitter there is unwritten "principle of mutuality" which I am not agree with. At first, when those social networks just appeared, we used to add all our friends from facebook, mail list etc who were using the same network. But to be friends in real life or facebook doesn't mean you share same opinion and taste at everything. My political beliefs or my visual taste may be totally different from yours, and when in normal life we just don't share those, in blog or in visual networks such as Instagram or Pinterest the division becomes very obvious. And I think finally someone should develop some Internet rules of etiquette, as we used to had one for communication and social life. It's about time. What's your opinion about the subject?