My natural inclination was to stay away for social media
For most of my life, I thought social media apps were time sinks (or wastes of time), where when I engaged, I felt like I didn’t connect with my greatest moments. Even worse, the social media stuff was boring.
If you look at my Instagram before 2016, it’s horrific. There is a ton of emptiness, and the pictures that do exist are a horrible snap shot of my life. It is a mix of me trying “artistic” shots and wondering why the app existed – and then it becomes nothing.
If you looked at my other social media outlets, it’s more of the same. There is no consistency, there is no story. In fact, instead of me reaching out and trying to connect, most of my posts are me being someone I am not.
What does this even mean?
In 2014, I read Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, and I got introduced to Gary Vaynerchuk. At first, I thought, what a loud brash guy, but he was a Jets fan.
What I didn’t see is that social is about connection. The apps don’t exist to show off my life, they are there to allow connection at scale.
But I still didn’t get this yet. It took some time, and I had to get obsessed.
So what did I do
Of course I went all in, signed up for his YouTube, and got into his other keynotes, mining for information.
I heard him talking about Snapchat, and raving about it. So like most people, I went ahead and gave it a spin.
I found it boring.
I realized the boring came because most people are awful at it.
All sunshine and rainbows
People use “the snap” for things that are better suited for other networks.
I don’t think Snapchat is for that. The value add that comes from Snapchat is impromptu connection.
It is connection, through the randomness of life. It is learning through doing. Snapchat wins for the content creator because it gives us a view on what you do, honestly, in bite sized chunks. The shortness of the snap, the chance that you might miss it, having double opt ins, all mean that you have to want the material, and you have to digest it.
This is the greatest move in gaining attention in the moment.
The best people I see using the service do so in a candid way. You put a piece of yourself out there, and it opens the door for honest conversation. It’s why when you answer a snap, you find the conversation going in a million places. You get more from adding and getting than you do from subtracting and synthesising.
So, if you want a service that builds on you talking about your day, about connecting with important work, about getting to know people, Snapchat is your deal. It is a place for real insight.
Find me there , @thehonorableAT, and be ready for a message. I love interacting, and talking back 🙂