Why in the World do people use Snapchat?

I had dinner with my nephews the other night and the topic turned (as it usually does with Aunt Karen) to social media. Snapchat came up. I was interested to learn about the “Faceswaps” because I’ve seen some wacky Buzzfeed posts about those lately. I didn’t realize they are a Snapchat thing. They are pretty freaking hilarious.

creepy snapchat face swap
creepy snapchat face swap

They remind me of the “gene machine” creepy face merge photo booth from Dave & Busters.

dave and busters gene machine
dave and busters gene machine

Here’s the primary reasonwhy the “young’uns” are using Snap Chat: “My parents are on Facebook, I don’t want to post anything there.”

And to my protests of “but snap chat disappears” my younger nephew responded:

“I don’t need to save my memories, because I’m not using it to communicate anything important.”

Part of me wonders if this is a phenomenon of the “participant trophy” generation? I’m competitive, I like to see how many “likes” and “shares” I can garner. But I confess that what I tend to post on Facebook is not very real…I tend to gloss over life’s daily disappointments and only post Glamour Shots.

My nephew uses Snapchat the way that my husband and I use text. To send casual comments or images that aren’t “important” enough for Facebook. When I asked how brands make money on Snapchat, my nephews showed me some interested “branded” filters. They both seemed to like the “Batman vs. Superman” filter. From what I could tell, branded filters are the best way to reach the snapchat audience, although there’s also local lists. And wouldn’t you know it, today I saw an article from Ad Age:

To Big Brands, From a Millennial: Snapchat Filters Are Where It's At Three Steps Companies Can Take to Sponsor Snapchat Filters
To Big Brands, From a Millennial: Snapchat Filters Are Where It\’s At Three Steps Companies Can Take to Sponsor Snapchat Filters

And now there’s even another platform that I hadn’t heard of, “Yik Yak” (I’m afraid to Google it since I hear it’s also a fave of child predators…)

Yik Yak is anonymous, so no one even knows it you who is posting. When I asked why this is appealing, my nephew responded “I like that it’s anonymous, there’s no pressure.” I confess I do see the appeal in those creepy Face Swaps, though.

Help Cookie and Coco stay Together!

UPDATE! It appears that Cookie and Coco are actually in CA, not in VA as I had originally thought. They have found a home TOGETHER through lab rescue. My college roommate saw my post on Facebook and gave me this info. I see on my comments from Liz that she saw the same email, but thought these dogs were in Vermont. I think we have a bit of a viral urban legend going on here — not surprising since this story touches all of us who worry about those who are suffering from the bad economy. But these dogs are for real and they have found a real home, so all doggie lovers, rejoice!

And for you Lab lovers who are looking for a furry friend, why not check your local Lab Rescue?


Two young adorable female labs – age 3. Well cared for. Family losing home.
It’s a sad story that’s probably all too common these days. A Northern Virginia family is losing their home and the family dogs aren’t welcome at the new apartment.

Already housebroken, trained, love kids, neutered, up to date on shots. Must stay together!
Contact: Katherine at: kjmorris74[at]yahoo[dot]com

Here is a letter from the owner:
“As many of you know, we are moving in just 2 weeks Unfortunately, I have still not been able to find a good home for Cookie and Coco. We’re not able to take our beloved doggies with us and I’ve been desperately trying to find a home for both of them ‘together’. They were raised together and pine without each other. The Lab rescue have already said that they would probably separate them, so this is my last resort.

Recently I tried to take Coco out in my car alone and she TOTALLY refused to even get into the car without Cookie…..!!!! She absolutely pulled back on her haunches until Cookie was by her side. Both doggies are in great health, have been spayed and have ID chips implanted under the skin.

Cookie turned 3 December 10th and Cookie is my mellow-yellow, and just loves her tummy rubbed. Coco is adorably funny and lives for her “ball”. She also loves the water….. Cookie loves lots of attention.
Both doggies are loyal and love to walk. They have been raised with my 3 kids running around all over the place, and have survived Sammy’s constant hugging and love of ‘dress-up’, so they are fantastic family dogs. This is by far one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, but under the circumstances I have no choice.

Please, Please forward these pics to all you know and help me find a great home for these fabulous doggies. They are just adorable and it’s heartbreaking to let them go. In a perfect world, I hope that we could find someone local so that we can still keep in touch and visit them.

I pray that someone somewhere can help us keep Cookie and Coco together, and love them just as much as we do. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

snapshot a day in the life of a socialmedialista

Where does the time go? I decided to take a look…

11:32 AM: Check GMAIL and see that Geoff Livingston has sent me an invite to a Web seminar hosted by Network Solutions. Network Solutions? Wow, I guess their Social Media Swami, Shashi Bellamkonda is showing them the way.

11: 34 AM: A friend of mine wrote on my board ” You can get a $500 free Macy’s Shopping Card, really, it works!” Really? Those are always scams, aren’t they? But my friend Jill has a good head on her shoulders. Maybe this time it’s different.

11:45 AM: Have now signed up for some Reputation Monitoring service. OK, wait a minute, I have to sign up for 8 offers, and they all include inputting credit card info. This is a big pain in the butt.

11:50 AM: Britney Spears is on Twitter, I must check out her profile and see what her tweeters are saying.

12:00 PM talk to an old friend who recommends I check out Creative Genius.

What Roswell Taught Me about Social media

As we walked through the Best Western in Roswell, I noticed that people sat in their rooms with their doors wide open. I thought, “Are they waiting for a pizza delivery? Why else would they just leave their doors open?” My husband, said “They are waiting for their friends to stop by.” I have never seen people do that. It turned out that the reason for the crowds was the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. I begged my husband to take me to the fair. He did not understand the fascination, but he indulged me.

I saw pretty much everything you’d expect to see at a state fair, but since I’d never been to one, the whole experience was pretty exciting for me.I saw a bunch of shorn sheep who were mournfully saying “baaaa.” I got to pet a cow, who tried to eat my belt. I was thinking I could put this image on some Moo cards…

I saw a New Mexican delicacy called “Frito Pie.”

Every time I visit this small town , I am struck by the friendliness and openness of the people. You sense it everywhere you go, just listening to conversations. People spend more time actually talking to each other. My father-in-law was an extraordinary man, and it seemed like half the town came to his funeral. Most of us don’t experience this type of strong family and community. Especially those of us who grew up in urban and suburban settings or come from fragmented families.

Human beings are social animals. We run in packs, like dogs (which is probably why we like them so much.) It’s that craving for human contact that compels me to get sucked into Facebook for hours, just to find out what acquaintances ate for dinner last night, or to dwell on random twitter posts and blogs. But I don’t consider social media a substitute for a “real” social life, probably because most of my friends are not “users.” They are starting to catch on, though, and when they do, the applications will become even more relevant to my life.

Have Labrador, Will Travel

Today my craz(ier) Lab, Xena, plunked herself down in the open carry-on suitcase that was in my office. The suitcase is small, and it fit her perfectly.

I figure she was trying to accomplish one of these things:

1. She is looking to relocate.
2. She wants me to share her scent with whatever other Labradors I might meet on my travels.
3. She thought it looked like a good place to nap.
4. She wanted to check for drugs. Especially Excedrin, which she likes to eat.

What do you think?

Tweeter blocks Twitter

I just got my new eee pc. We made a special trip into my office just to pick it up. I am off until Wednesday but i decided i could not wait that long for my new toy. So it follows that i defiitely could not wait until August for the new Dell.

I am a little concerned that it could not seem to handle a streaming YouTube video. We’re going to try again now.

The funny thing is that we came to Panera to try out the wireless network. There is a Tweeter Store nearby, and I was on their wireless network. The first site I tried to go to was Twitter. I got this message:

Oh and BTW i did this whole post on my new EEE!

A new item of my list of things to try…

Yet another example of how Twitter is helpful : )
Scoble tweeted about his visit to Dogster. So of course I had to see it. On this site qik.com you can post video from your phone.

And then I noticed a familiar face on Scoble’s qik.com page. My friend Stacy who I met at the New Comms Forum! She gave Scoble a tour of the NYT board room. Small world!!