Social Media Relationships: Flirting with Snapchat

Facebook, I have a confession to make. I’ve been cheating on you. Since you changed your algorithms and reduced the traffic on my page to a slim trickle, I have been looking elsewhere. Yes, I

Facebook, I have a confession to make. I’ve been cheating on you.

Since you changed your algorithms and reduced the traffic on my page to a slim trickle, I have been looking elsewhere.

Yes, I tried Google+ but that was leading nowhere. He was too hard to work out and seemed a little fussy. It was complicated. My Twitter feed was next, and our relationship was solid for a couple of years—in fact we still see each other sometimes – but time zones are difficult. The only time we could chat about travel using the weekly #ttot hash-tag became a problem when I moved to India – I was either sleeping or working when he wanted to talk. We drifted apart.

Happier times...
Happier times…

Next up was my Instagram account who seemed promising: for a while we were going steady, but not all of my pictures are National Geographic worthy and it’s hard to find that interesting angle every single day, especially when you have a full-time teaching job like I do. I was taken in by the colour and all those pretty filters, but it didn’t last. He was too high maintenance: I put in a lot of effort, but never saw any results. I might go back every now and then, but we’ll never be serious.

Where are all the followers?!
Where are all the followers?!

I’ve had a date or two with Pinterest. We spend a wonderful few hours together every now and then, but for some reason I forget to go back. I have a tendency to go back only when I’m bored. I don’t know why, I guess we just don’t click.

But, Snapchat? Well, Snapchat turned my eye this week thanks to articles such as this one by Drew Binsky: Why You Need To Get On Snapchat Right Now

I’ve heard that Snapchat is a bit of a player, but I guess that’s what makes him interesting. With Snapchat I can keep up with my favourite bloggers in person and in real time – they are raw and unedited: sometimes even with no make-up on!! Seeing them makes me feel more human. I can actually see that they get crappy weather too when visiting beautiful places: something that their posts, Instagram pics and Twitter feeds don’t always show.

And as for me, Snapchat presents a new challenge—video. It is no secret that I hate being in front of the camera; just look at my blog and you’ll notice an absence of pictures of me. You won’t get an endless stream of selfies on my FB page. But with Snapchat I get the impression that it’s okay to not look perfect. Snapchat accepts me the way that I am, and if I look a little rough around the edges? Well, it’s all gone away within 24 hours.

Okay, we have only just met and it’s all very exciting right now. I remember those days well with my RunawayBrit Facebook page, and maybe this romance, too, will be short-lived. But for now, I’m going to embrace the moment and give Snapchat my best shot.

Who’s with me?

Follow my brand-new Snapchat adventure at RunawayBrit.

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How is your social media relationship? Let me know in the comments below, and please share if you liked this post (I’d like it to get back to FB!!).

7 thoughts on “Social Media Relationships: Flirting with Snapchat

  1. I actually found this from your Snapchat! I’ve really been enjoying the no-fuss aspect of it, such a nice departure from Instagram and FB! And twitter is just dying a slow death it seems :/ Look forward to seeing more snaps from you!

  2. I’ll have to add you on Snapchat. I used to only really use for it friends and humor, but it’s been fun using it for people to follow along on my travels. Add me back. JonesATW. : )

  3. I used to love Instagram when I first got it, but it’s kind of become a chore now. I have to really decide if a picture is “instagram worthy” and then I get a bit discouraged if I don’t get enough likes. I know it’s silly, but it’s hard not to get caught up in it all.

    I’ve just joined Snapchat (followed you under unfiltered!) and I love that I don’t have to think about it that much. Looking forward to your snaps 🙂

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