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Linked – A Charming Alternative Universe of You, Your Friends and No News

“This might sound corny. But as more of our digital spaces become stuffed with news — and, perhaps more alarmingly, suffused with an anxiety to always put forward your best self — there seems to be a growing appetite for honest, unself-conscious personal sharing online. That is helping to fuel not only Instagram Stories but also Snapchat, which recently surpassed the unceasingly newsy Twitter in daily use, and Musical.ly, a two-year-old app on which young people (mostly) make music videos.

These are among a handful of apps that are creating a charming alternative universe online — a welcome form of earnest, escapist entertainment that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, in a way that recalls an earlier epoch in carefree internet socializing.”

I was a late-comer to understanding what Snapchat could offer, but recently, I have started using my Snapchat story to document some of the odd, funny, things I come across while traveling, or to send a pic to specific people, knowing full well that it’ll disappear in 24 hours. It’s not about creating something permanent that equates to how I would want to be seen by someone, perhaps a potential employer, who hit up my social media profile. I have my blog, twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles for that. This is just about having fun with friends while I’m traveling around the world.

I think there is a place for that. I think the kids are on to something.

So, if you want to see some of the silliness, feel free to add me on snapchat. At least until that becomes hugely popular and we all have to change our behavior again. 😉

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/18/technology/a-charming-alternative-universe-of-you-your-friends-and-no-news.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits&_r=0Image by BarnImages.com

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