Communication Guidelines of 2014–Vine

Back again to write about my current favorite social network, “Vine.”

Being predictable has never been my thing, so I will, again, step outside the original format for this series and simply write about why Vine is awesome.

1.  Everyone can be a star–Now you can be a motion picture legend with only a smartphone and 6 seconds of time.  Some want the money and fame that goes along with being on tv, in movies, or just appearing in motion pictures.  If recording yourself for its own sake makes you excited, here is your chance.

2.  Brevity is your friend–Brevity can be an awesome thing.  I firmly believe everyone is funnier on Twitter, because less is almost always more.  Same applies to Vine.  Vine limits your recorded masterpieces to 6 seconds, so you have no choice but to be short and sweet.

3. Editing Tools–There are ways to ensure your scenes match.  Without really wanting to take the time to explain how this works, one of vine’s tools takes a ghost image and lets you trace back over it in case you want to cut and mash scenes.  Got it?

4. No private information necessary–You do not even have to share your name on Vine. You can simply post 6 second videos.  Your privacy is left in tact by this soon-to-be social media giant.  A 6 second post doth not a person make.  Right?

5. Works in every day life as well as planned productions–The best Vines I have seen range from low budget to carefully planned productions. You do not need a major studio to make a great one.

6. Add music–The audio in your recording may be all that’s necessary to make it a hit. If not, you can add music, which almost always makes everything better unless its Nickelback…. which makes everything perfect.

7. Comment and carry on just like you would any other social media–If you so choose, it is not outlandish to comment on another’s comment and have a conversation below a post. These are actually productive as they are not as numerous as those on facebook usually under baby pictures.

8.  Sharing is easy–Your friends do not have to be on Vine to see your videos.  Vine includes the functionality to share your works of art with non-members with only a little effort.  Sharing a vine post via text requires two clicks.  I realize you can do this on a lot of other sites, but I like how Vine does it too.

9. It’s Stupid–Yep, most of the videos on the site are so stupid they are funny.  I have grown to realize that the hardest way to be funny is at no one else’s expense.  And if you know me at all, you know I like the simpler, less-sophisticated jokes.

So those are but some of the reasons I like Vine.  Follow the link below and become a devout Viner yourself.






Communication Guidelines of 2014–Google+

google_plus_logo-386x420-300x294Today this series takes an exciting turn.  This post will cover Google+.

Because the landscape of Google+ is unestablished and, from what I can tell, unblemished, I will simply tell you what I like about it.

Here is what I like:

1.  Non-invasive–It feels oxymoronic to put “Google” and “non-invasive” in the same sentence, but Google+ feels less invasive than any comparable social network.  If we pretend Google+ is the only thing Google makes, Google+ doesnt ask for much.  It only asks for your name and picture and doesn’t make it awkward if that’s all you want to share.  It does not appear incomplete if you just add your name and picture.  It is facebook’s opposite, which I say with full knowledge that Google gathers all of my life’s vital information somewhere else and is probably watching me right now.

2.  Easy on the Eyes–It’s Newsfeed, to borrow from Facebook, is two columns and has a simple interface.  It’s easy to read because there are not a lot of words there.  Take notes Facebook!

3.  Following means very little–Sending friend or follow requests on other networks usually implies more, however big or small, than just asking someone to look at your page.  You are connected.  All following someone on Google+ means is that you follow them on Google+.

4.  No F.O.M.O here–Every time I get on Google+, I see something fascinating.  Generally, this doesnt involve pictures of someone’s lunch or their Baby’s 7th posted close-up in as many minutes.  You don’t miss your friend’s “precious” moments by not checking Google+ every two minutes.  You can come and go as you please. It’s not weird if you want to post something every few weeks and go on living your life.

5. I really like Google+ despite my full acknowledgement that Google+ knows everything about me and you and everyone in the world.  Do they know about this post? Probably, but I promise, I speak the truth
in saying I like Google+ more than the others.

Stay tuned for the next Post when I share my deepest feelings about the 6 second video sharing sensation known as “Vine.”