I’m thinking it’s the later.
Someone grabbed this screenshot from their Facebook page with Joan’s raving exciting her new iPhone 6:
The post came down shortly after someone realized the error of their ways.
I think there are a couple of takeaways from this as social media consumers and curators:
- Many ‘successful’ social media streams are anything but natural. They are tactical, curated, and absolutely unnatural; all the while being portrayed as being authentic. Imagine if you would have seen this social media post if she were still alive? Completely believable—including a pre-opened iPhone 6 box—and quite possibly completely untrue. It’s hard to know for sure if these are her real comments or not.
- These commercialized social media accounts that come-off as authentic may effect how the rest of us use social media or how we think it should be used. The beauty of social media is that it is organic and full of life. However, the more it is polluted with fabricated content, the less ‘living.’ Just as women’s magazine covers have affected our perception of beauty and how women should look, how might this effect our perceptions and use of social media interaction?
- Be real. As Christians, we have a fabulous opportunity to be real and genuine in our communication with the world. Let’s not bend our ways to find social media ‘success’ as it’s defined by the world.
What do you think?
[via 22 Words]