Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thoughts on Social Media (Revisited)

Over the past four months social media has become a substantial part of my life. I have spent countless hours browsing, researching and writing about countless different social mediums. Generally, I received the different mediums well but I found some a little tedious. I genuinely believe platforms like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter generate great opportunities. However, I personally think some mediums like Foursquare and Flickr are monotonous.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think social media, social expression and having a social outlet via the web are positive things. I just think some mediums do these things a lot more effectively than others. Flickr is great for photographers and people interested in browsing pictures and categorizing them. For people outside that specific niche though, it is pretty useless. Foursquare is good for showing your friends where you are, finding friends and stalking people. I might be old school, but I think that’s kind of scary.

All these mediums allow both independent business’s and large corporations to connect with there costumer base, which is generally seen as a good thing. They allow regular people to connect with their friends, family and colleagues. They give opportunities for people with similar interests to make connections. However the different levels of effectiveness in these mediums is overt. Facebook added a Foursquare type application inside of it called places and has millions more photos than Flickr. The general usefulness of Facebook or Linkedin in comparison to Flickr and Foursquare is not even debatable.

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Thoughts on Flickr and Buhduh’s Photography

When this assignment was handed to us, I had no idea what Flickr was. After spending a few hours on the site, I honestly grew to enjoy the content. The content on the network is posted by people from all walks of life. From the tourist with a Nikon to legitimate professional photographers. It is unique in that anyone regardless of skill or ability is able to get involved and be recognized. Programs like Instagram for mobile phones have really helped photo sharing networks by making it extremely simple for anyone to take an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Buhduh’s Flickr page consists of mainly original content. His photos have a large variety of different subjects but he is primarily posting travel related photos and vintage audio equipment pictures. I decided to pick him more based on the pictures of his vintage equipment. There are pictures of vintage turntables, receivers, radios, tube amps as well as a variety of more unique items. Buhduh’s eye for making these items look good in a picture is very well established. His photos of his travels are also incredible.

Buhduh. Turntables. 2011. Flickr

Realistically, I don’t see Flickr having real longevity in the world of social media. This is because platforms such as Facebook have much more photo sharing activity. Flickr is great to kill time on. However the fact is that Facebook has million more users, pictures going up, applications and content on it already. I truthfully can’t see Flickr thriving, much less surviving.

URL to Buhduh’s Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bede/

Jakyll and Hyde – Flickr Gallery

The photos in this gallery range from fiction film characters like Travis Bickle and Walter White to musicians like Scott H. Biram. The people and characters in this gallery’s actions behavior or opinions have impacted in me some way. Whether this impact has been positive or negative is another story entirely.

There is a stern variety of content in this gallery. It is in no way, shape or form suppose to linear. However, if a theme for the gallery was to be chosen, I personally believe it would be strongly based on chaos and leisure.  The gallery’s pictures are either chalk full of disorder and chaos, or they are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. At this end we find the individuals and characters calm and relaxed. This speaks to the duality of man.

Overall, I don’t really think this gallery will have much meaning or impact on people other then myself. It’s a series of loosely related pictures of which a majority people will not be able to identify with. Its a lot easier to sift through if you keep the Jakyll and Hyde dynamic in mind though.

Here is the link to a gallery about few people who have influenced me over my life: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christiancantarutti/galleries/72157629731515125/#photo_2159926524