Along with charges of fake news and photoshopped pics, thanks to Facebook, Snapchat and others, we’ll soon have to contend with a glut of reality-altering effects as they creep into our everyday posts.
If your life were a story, what would it say? Would it be adventurous, fun-loving, or sentimental? Who would you share it with? And where? Though the web already give us nearly unlimited ways to share, this week saw the introduction of another – Facebook Messenger’s Day. And with it, not only do we now have more ways to show off what we’re doing, but how Facebook wants to own what we do.
A week ago, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, penned a post in defence of Globalization. In the age of Trump, it was a striking note, and one that has fuelled rumours of Zuckerberg running for President one day. But Facebook is already one of the most powerful company’s on Earth. So, with such a large megaphone at his disposal, how will Zuckerberg use it?
Social media is a versatile tool. Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest, millions of people keep up with loved ones and learn about the world through their daily feeds. Since their inception though, speculation has run rampant on how continued use of these networks effects people's lives, treating them less like a tool and more like a drug.
Dozens of apps have sprung up to compete in the ongoing war for attention. Some are bigger than others, like Facebook. Some are better than others, like Instagram…that’s owned by Facebook.
There is, however, an unmistakable trend: that images are replacing the written word. That is at least in part the reason why Snapchat, the photo-based messaging app has for the first time crossed Twitter, that old social media stalwart, in the number of daily active users. With snaps on the rise and tweets declining, what does this tell us about the stories of the future?