People need widgets in order to meet other people. The widget can be a dog, a beer, or a coffee, anything that increases the likeliness of people talking in a social setting. People feel more confident and more engaged when they’re holding on to something and have a reason to be there.
It’s easier meet new people when we’re younger because there are simply more free time and more opportunities: at school, in organized sport, clubs, and countless other extracurricular activities. Adults are either too busy or too jaded to participate in social activities every day. That’s why they may go online and socialize on Twitter and Facebook instead. It’s quicker, easier, and can be done from the couch.
People are social animals whether or not they actually prefer to be social. We identify ourselves in comparison to other people. At the end of the day, we seek validation. The main question we all ask is “Is anyone listening to me?”
55th Street between 5th and 6th is one of my favorite streets in New York. As soon as you walk by the Peninsula Hotel or the Presbyterian church (depending on what side you’re on) everything immediately becomes rugged. Shops and buildings are vacant but could be opened tomorrow. It’s as if the property owners of this small block are treating these buildings like antiques, buttressing them just enough to endure. Two blocks away is the Museum of Modern Art.
The summer and fall are the best times to stroll down this street. The sun rips through the buildings to overcome the shade. People recline with their backs against the wall, waiting for life’s next call. All of a sudden a seemingly dead place becomes quietly alive.
You’re guaranteed to get interesting vibes and photos on 55th Street between 5th and 6th. The places unknown ask to be explored. #nyc
Facebook plans to crack down on click bait, tweaking its algorithm to deemphasize crappy articles, most notably those from Buzzfeed. This move is probably a reaction to the firestorm lit by Facebook itself earlier this year when its product director complained about the lack of quality content on Facebook. Finally, Facebook is admitting fault.
Instagram released a new app this week called Hyperlapse, which essentially speeds up your videos. Here’s a quick example of one of mine in Grand Central.
Instagram is trying to make it easier for its community to create videos. If so, it should consider building in cinematic cam too like the Steady App.
Twitter’s favorite button has multiple meanings.
To end a conversation.
To like something.
It can also be used strategically to grab someone’s attention, aka provoke.
Starbucks is rolling out trucks to college campuses to feed the thirst of coffee crazed students. I don’t see anything in here about offering Wifi though too. That should be a gimme if you’re within a certain radius.
Yes, of course I’ve been experimenting with Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app this week.