I don’t get Snapchat. I really don’t. At first it was pretty clear to me. “Oh, okay. That’s the new thing the cool kids use to exchange pictures of boobs and erect weenies.” but I was wrong. It’s quite more than that. They use it to communicate. In some weird way.
There is obviously a need to escape from parents and relatives which is a good reason to stay away from Facebook. Snapchat feels strange and new and not a bit like something as polished as everything Facebook would ever release. I do understand all of that.
And I even tried to use it with a few people who somehow are very much into it. Here’s what I discovered:
- They really like it. It’s not like Facebook which everyone uses but nobody really has any emotional attachment to. Snapchat stands for fun and quirkiness.
- They use it for everything that’s not important. Which is the point I don’t get. I received pictures of sunrises, breakfasts, subways, everything imaginable and nothing of it was the least bit interesting.
That’s what I’m getting at. The unique feature of Snapchat, the fact that messages destroy themselves after a few seconds, makes it absolutely useless for everything that’s even a bit substantial. It’s bullshit and I don’t like to receive push-notifications for bullshit. Everything worth to share: Instagram, Twitter. Everything not worth to keep: Snapchat. I mean… what?
Turns out: I’m getting old. Snapchat is the first time I feel excluded from a young and hip group of people who “get” it. Boobs and penisses I would understand. But this? No.
And now get off my lawn.
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I’m happy for anyone who manages to get filthy rich. Found a company, sell it to some bigger company, be happy. Go for it. So this isn’t about how you shouldn’t sell your company to one of the big guys.
It’s just about me – the user – and how I feel a bit queasy by the gigantic number of acquisitions that happened in the last few years. Remember four to five years ago, when a new interesting service was around every corner and everything had the chance to become the next big thing?
Yeah, that’s gone. Twitter – no longer an underdog – bought Vine, Facebook bought everything else, Dropbox are doing their best not to stay behind. Most of the things I use are owned by another company that I often forget about. Instagram and Tumblr are perfect examples. It’s easy to forget that the former is owned by Facebook and the latter by Yahoo.
It’s just not fun anymore. There where different products with different teams and ideologies. Now everything is one huge mush and even I, somebody who gladly gives Google all of his data, feel a bit… used?
It seems like Google is going to buy Twitch and Twitter thinks about buying Soundcloud and there aren’t enough new companies to keep the “everything is possible” spirit alive.
I’d like to see some more companies become big enough without getting bought beforehand to buy smaller ones.
Should the iPhone 6 have a larger screen?Anonymous
Seriously, I don’t really care anymore. Sure, I really like my iPhone 5S but I lost my interest in Apple rumors. For personal preference I’d be happy if they keep at least one version of the new iPhone at the size of the iPhone 5S. My attemps of using one of the bigger Android devices failed mainly because of their sheer size. My hands are obviously too small to use them conveniently.
If you can change Facebook, what would be the biggest changes?Anonymous
Nice try, Mark.