“A beach will always tremble at the first touch of a wave.”  ― Anthony T. Hincks
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2-167 Tremble

Dwaas trembles with anticipation of maybe getting the color-chaning-flower… or does he.

That’s what I like

As you know I joined Instagram about a week ago. I’ll be honest; so far I like the medium. The reason I do is because there are so many people active on there. On the other hand, there are a few aspects whose meaning I find fascinating. Follows and likes are not as straightforward as they seem (Duh!).

Of course there are lots of genuine people on there who follow others, because the WANT to follow. Maybe because they simply like the work, or because they are wondering what the person they are following is up to. I myself also follow people not because I really like their work, but because I’d like them to continue with their hobby, to learn and improve.

Yet, many people follow and like only to be seen, or to be followed back. With no interest in what the person they are following is about. The only reason they follow is to BE followed, the only reason they like is to BE liked. Its all about them, not about the other. SOCIAL media? Well, (mostly) not for these people. I see many accounts with thousands of followers and one image uploaded… I also see accounts with 10s or 100s of thousands of followers and mostly only a few 100 likes per image at maximum. Engagement is not that high it seems.

I’ve been active on twitter for five years now, and of course, it’s exactly the same there too. Maybe that’s te reason people retweet less than they like. A retweet is really about helping others, giving support.

Anyway, I’m not complaining. It’s just something I find fascinating about Social Media. There must be scientific research on these phenomenon I think. I’ll see if I can’t find some papers. Fascinating!


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