Taking out the trash

by Volker Weber

Two kinds of people. Myself, I like to run a clean ship. That means I get rid of stuff before it piles up. If I buy something new, something old has to go.

I do the same on social networks. Old Facebook posts (currently at zero), old tweets (always way below 100), old Instagrams (close to 100). I still need to clean out Google+ and Flickr. I follow 50 Twitter accounts, 100 Instagram accounts, less than 10 Youtube channels, I hardly ever go on Facebook. That means I have to take less trash out of my brain.

Snapchat is nice in that it takes the trash out immediately. Old stories expire after one day, snaps expire right after you saw them. That's working well for kids who don't want to be reminded of what stupid things they said yesterday. It does not work so well for me in 1:1 chats, since I am often missing context. Whatsapp is working better for me, since I can do 1:1 and 1:many on Whatsapp with text and voice.

Marketing has discovered Snapchat and they will drive everybody out once they start pouring money into it. For stories, I am trying something different. Actually, I am trying it for the second time, since it failed last year. Beme has just relaunched, and I am posting bemes instead of Snapchat stories. It's the same thing, without the funky filters and decorations. One big advantage, for me: I can be logged in on several devices at the same time. Beme is very nascent and it will attract the kids who watch Casey's channel. Like myself.

I'm sorry if this ride is too fast for you. But the little kid inside of me never died. And he needs to play.

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Comments

If you clean out Flickr how do you not break your own posts linking to pictures there?
Do you do some checks?

(Same with tweets (I don't know if you link/embedded them here often))

Matthias Welling , 2016-05-06

Not checking on anything, and not afraid to leave old stuff behind.

Volker Weber, 2016-05-06

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