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Whisper, The Anti- Facebook?

Whisper, a pretty new app that is getting a lot of attention recently is also considered to be the “anti-Facebook” of the social media world, at least according to its creator, Michael Heyward.

Anti- Facebook

Whereas Facebook is about the seemingly perfect life, Whisper is about posting anonymous secrets allowing those walls to come down. Heyward acknowledges the fact that Facebook puts a lot of pressure on being popular, having many followers, and constantly updating about your seeming perfect life. It paints a false representation of actual people in the everyday world who don’t live so glamorously.

I too find Facebook to be overwhelming sometimes as I am not a big “selfie” taker, nor do I find the time to go out much. So when my friends picture posts about what’s happening in their live currently I sometimes also wonder ‘where they get all this free time from?’ or ‘am I a workaholic?’, etc. These in your face happy life updates are actually proven to make some people psychologically depressed about their own lives.

Whisper smashes your rose colored lenses and bring you back into a reality that everyone has got embarrassing secrets. Whisper is app driven rather on the iOS and Android system, because it’s still about that easy life update feature, but there is also a website to participate in and see the gallery of confessions.

Whisper is basically a meme (i.e. image and words on it to describe a situation ironically or not), much like, confession bear, but while confession bear tends to be really dark with constant background image and an older audience. Whisper has a wide age range, a gallery of images to go with each confession and confessions range from light to dark.

Another great thing about the Whisper confession app is that it’s sole purpose is to keep you and your posts entirely anonymous by not storing your name, email, or phone numbers to be hacked or seen. And any direct likes or conversations between posters is also kept anonymous.

But I have to admit confession bear is really addicting.

 

 

Communication these days?

How do you communicate with your friends these days, mostly in person, mostly online, mostly calls, mostly texts, apps? Don’t lie.

Movies like Wall-E have commented about our lack of physical interaction and our future to come. Scientific studies have proved that we are social creatures of the physical world, yet social media of the digital world has been changing what it means to socially interact. This with technology have been making it easier to tap in and out of the Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and what not and we can talk to these sites to talk to our friends via speech recognition forgetting that a simple phone call can get you an immediate response.

I admit that I am a texter because it ironically frees up my time as opposed to phone calls which i invest more of my time into. Besides our insane amount of time on the computer or texting, the latest subject of discussion that has been brought up is, “emoji overuse” as I prefer to call it.

I’ve also noticed that sites such as Facebook force emoji use whether or not you type a face or pick a face from a gallery of images.

 

This lovely article on Mashable discusses the the use of emoji through the years. I remember the days when they were called “emoticons” and the difference between emoticons and emoji’s being pixel versus a more rendered face. I personally find the emoji’s odd looking myself, but for they cutely convey expressions people are feeling.

Emoji’s are considered something used mostly by females and the younger generations. There have been surveys and studies saying the more emotional you are as a person the more likely you will use emojis to express those feelings in text, and the condensed faces are connected to young folk who simultaneously abbreviate their words as well.

Why Mashable and myself find this so concerning is because emojis are meant for light playful use in certain situations. But according the writer’s personal anecdote of using emjoi’s to express their sadness of their friend moving rather than calling their friend to talk personally.

This casual substitution brings a more stunning realization about blasé treatment of situations not meant to be taken lightly.

Our generation is coming out with these amazing technological revolutions such as Google Glass and smart watches that make communication easily accessible but a lot less personal.

 

http://mashable.com/2014/07/09/emoji-linguists-communication/

 

 

 

Germany Vs Brazil: Game, set and match!

 

If only Tim Howard could save the match between Germany vs Brazil. The country who is currently hosting the world cup got brutally beaten by the German’s with a score of 7-1 in yesterday’s Fifa World Cup match.

Brazil had repeatedly won the World cup games 5 years in a row was expecting a 6th 2014 victory. The country lives for this event and soccer is their game that one can’t be surprised at the looks of horror, devastation and sadness caught on film of Brazilians watching the final bits of the game facing an unexpected new reality.

The internet went on a collective outburst over the event posting memes about the play and reporters capturing beautiful pictures Germany and Brazil fans.

This adorable fellow clutching the World Cup trophy became the face of everyone’s reaction as the loss slowly seeped in.

And this German fan just landed herself a modeling contract. The days are looking sunnier for Germany and its people after this win.

Some say the Brazilians lost the game because they were short 2 key players, Neymar and Silva and can now only hope for third place.

Sure it is embarrassing for Brazil, the host country that lives and breathes soccer (futbol) to lose especially before the final game. They have reacted in extremes unnecessarily because of such loses, but hopefully they will follow in the adorable man’s footsteps and relinquish the trophy honorably to the team who does win.