Some quirky social media tools

Hanuman Trumpet Mushrooms (Image Steve Davis via Instagram)

Hanuman Trumpet Mushrooms

Earlier this month, I had a memorable meal at Hanuman, which I dutifully captured using the Instagram app on my iPhone.

I am not alone in this practice.

The ubiquitous presence of smart phones makes it easy for us to capture memories, both profound and small, and then upload those photos or movies to the ‘cloud’ for storage and sharing.

Typically, on this website, I would continue on to some direct business marketing link but tonight I want to focus on some of the quirky flights of creativity being spawned by these new habits.

The first involves Instagram (sorry Android users) and the second involves Facebook.

Instagram fridge magnets

Once you try using Instagram I must confess it can become addictive.

When you shoot, the focal length of your phone becomes fixed (no zooming) so you need to move the camera to capture and crop your image. Old school photographers have long said that a good photographer can create excellent work without the laziness of zoom!

Next, you get to apply a range of filters to your image to heighten the drama, increase or decrease contrast, give the work a retro look or apply a fancy border.

Then you can share your images via Facebook, Twitter and the Instagram network itself for posterity AND for sparking conversation with others about your ‘work’.

Well, now you can order your favourite Instagram snaps as fridge magnets.

Rod Shephard pointed out Stickygram to me and the fact that just $15 for 9 magnets provides simple, affordable gifts for grandparents!

Timeline movies

The other quirky tool is the Facebook Timeline Moviemaker.

This free app works through your history of photos and videos uploaded to Facebook and creates a 30 second highlights reel of your Facebook life.

This is interesting and will amuse for a moment.

When this tool develops to allow you more control over content and sequencing, and methods for capturing your film, it will become a handy tool for family archivists.

Until then, visit Timeline Moviemaker, log in to Facebook and have a play.

What’s next? What new habits of social media will lead to new business or attention-grabbing opportunities?


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