Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tinder, and Google+ (Yes, yes, it’s the Pluto of the social media networks, but it exists). These are the most common/popular social networking sites present today. There was a time when Orkut scraps were the most important things in our life.
Instagram Stories: The Failure At Attempted Innovation
Waiting for days to get that one scrap from a friend and the world seemed a better place. Now, there are so many social media platforms and almost all of them have the same offering; taking your peace of mind and your time away. Woohoo!
Here’s what we’ve been reduced to:
A is a person who’s very active on Social Media. A has B, C, and D as his friends. A clicks a Snapchat using the doggie dog filter. Sends it to B, C, and D. Next, A uploads the picture on Instagram where B, C, and D like it. The same Instagram link is shared on Facebook whereby B, C, and D love it.
That same picture is then uploaded as a Twitter DP and yes you guessed it right, B, C, and D are there to bombard it with compliments there again. (Not to mention that it might even make it to Whatsapp.)
The same set of people, the same set of actions, the same set of reactions, and the same old feeling important because someone double taps on their screen to give you an ego boost.
Instagram’s latest ‘story’ feature is probably the most unique creation since sliced bread. Like you could have NASA scientists working on something for years and they still won’t be able to outdo the creative heads at Instagram.
This is probably the conversation that happened right before Instagram came up with the stories feature.
Instagram Meeting Room
Guy 1: Let’s try this cool new Snapchat filter
Guy2: Yeah let’s click it together
Guy1: You know what’d be cool? If Instagram had its own mini Snapchat
Guy2: DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!! INSANE IDEA, where’d you come up with that?
And hence Insta-stories was conceived.
The central idea still is that we’re running out of new innovations on the various social media platforms and have been reduced to cheap imitations of other platforms.
You need Facebook to sign up for Tinder whereby it uses your Facebook pictures, Facebook has a live news feed or trends feature that uses hashtags, Snapchat has memories whereby you can put up old pictures and Instagram now has an Insta-stories feature and good old Twitter has screenshots of Tinder.
Google Plus just doesn’t give a shit anymore and is living its own merry life.
Homo-Sapiens on the other hand have no life left. We’re basically going around in circles. Distinguishing between the social media platforms is like watching the whole Golmaal trilogy by Rohit Shetty and trying to differentiate between the 3 movies. Unless you’re Rohit Shetty, you just can’t decipher this.
Having asked around for a feel of Instagram’s latest “innovation”, albeit there was a mixed response, not many actually prefer it over Snapchat. Sakshi, a student of Delhi University said she posted an Instagram story only to make people aware of her Snapchat id and asked them to add her on there.
Aman, an intern with a popular content publishing portal says he doesn’t mind using it as long as Instagram offers something over and above what Snapchat does. However, he does prefer Snapchat for day to day purposes.
Anshika, a relationship manager at a bank says this will make her use Instagram even less. She already isn’t fond of Snapchat as a concept. Now, Insta’s following suit has just made it that less appealing.
Mark Zuckerberg already owns Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. He’s one porn site ownership away from controlling our lives outright and pretty much directing what direction our social media profiles head in. The Instagram stories feature is an absolute fail.