Social media is constantly changing. The most recent trend is going from home computer to mobile apps. This post is less of a commentary on the changes and effects, and more so my thoughts and where I’m going.
Facebook / Google+:
I am currently on both of these. Personally more on Facebook, but I have a business page for my photography as well. Google+ for me never grabbed me. I like it, and I do post to it occasionally (more for my photography business), but for some reason it never pulled me away from Facebook. Facebook has its growing progressions and its growing faults. I’m not going to go into detail on those because they are more of personal preferences to everyone. For now, I’m on Facebook more.
Instagram / Starmatic / EyeEm:
Everyone has heard the news, I’m sure, of Instagrams changes in their Terms of Service; it has caused quite an uproar. Also, many users have looked for other apps that work in a similar way to show their creative mobile photography. I am a user of Instagram and I do like it, however, the Facebook invasion is a little disheartening and I have started to explore the others. If you care to follow me, my user name on all of them is @ksjphotography. Instagram is still my favorite. Bothe Starmatic and EyeEm have their problems that they need to address; more so big fixes rather than innovation. EyeEm is my least favorite and will probably be gone from my phone the soonest. It’s slow, I don’t care for the interface, and it doesn’t use hashtag tagging. It does have a sort of categorizing that works like hashtag tagging, but you can only use one. Starmatic so far looks like the best Instagram alternative. I love the interface, it does use hashtag tagging, and the camera in the app is better than expected. This one I will keep for a little while.
I don’t use Twitter, and the only reason I haven’t already deleted my account is only so I can check it every so often and see if I can get into it.
Pheed is interesting. A lot of Instagram users have been fleeing to this, I’ve noticed, but its not really an Instagram alternative (though you can use it that way) as much as it is a Facebook / Twitter alternative. It has some really cool features. You can use it on your computer (at http://www.pheed.com) or on its iPhone app. The reason it is more like the standard social media outlet is because it is not just for photos. You can post photos, videos, text, and even straight audio clips. The most unique feature is that you can rate you feed (which they call channels) like movies are rated; G, PG, PG13, or R. There is no censorship, which is the reason for the rating, and I find it to be edgier than other social media sites. I don’t know if I will remain a Pheeder or not, but I am giving it a shot.
So those are my thoughts. Come find me on all of these if you like my work, whether its my professional work or my creative mobile photography. My username on most of these is @ksjphotography or just Kevin Jones. If you do follow me on Instagram, you might notice some reposting of some of my photos to the other apps. I guess that can be good or bad, but some of my older favorites might be new to you.