I’ve been paying keen attention to social media lately, since I joined Team RAKKOON. I’ll admit until recently I was completely in the dark about most of the social media realm. I had a Facebook account and that was it.
I’ve now joined Twitter (want to follow me? @rakkoonrobin), and Instagram (I don’t have an account myself, but I let my 10-year-old son Will use my phone to “host” his Instagram account. Want to see a ton of Lego photos?—you should follow Will on Instagram.) And just today I created an account on Peach.
I consider this quite an accomplishment. Peach only came out on January 8, 2016. That means that I am now on the cutting edge of social media! That’s right. I can’t wait to tell my 14-year-old daughter about this. She probably hasn’t even heard of Peach, yet. I think that will make me cool. Although, I suppose instead it could instantly make Peach uncool.
In trying out the app for myself, I learned several things:
• It looks promising. The process for explaining how Peach works was pretty cool. It was designed by the same team that created Vine (six-second video app). I can see how it might offer some fun new quirks that would draw users away from more established social media platforms.
• It will let me waste even more of my time. There’s a function that lets you share pictures you draw on the screen of your phone, with your finger. I’m not good at this. But I’m sure if I invested several hours a day, I could get better at it.
• It won’t be much fun unless I encourage other friends to join. And there’s the rub. If I tell my friends to join (because otherwise who will I send all my impressive new finger-pics to?), then they’ll tell their friends, and so on and so on. This is the core premise of social networks. You have to bring your social circle along for the ride.
Social media services are scaffolds for relationships.
I'm actually interested to see how this thing plays out. Now that I'm on the cutting edge.