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.

 

 

Pinterest vs Tumblr

     

 

          Pinterest and Tumblr are considered curatorial social spaces, according to the NY Times, with the additional blog component for Tumblr. But after the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr, it’s following has become stagnant while Pinterest is coming up strong and predicted to soon rival Twitter in its amount of handlers. Social media has been around for decades but has only started trending now, which means out with the old blog spaces and in with the new real time one sentence life update.

 

 

          Google is the leading data search engine with the ability to image search as well, but while Google has the literal answer for image keywords, Pinterest has the creative answer for users with aesthetics in mind.

The great thing about Tumblr is that it effectively combines a variety of image content under a number of tags that is seen worldwide, and with gaining a following they can choose to get to know you personally via opinion blogs and messages.

 

Forbes Magazine recently did a study on the top four networking applications ranking Facebook ($170 billion), Twitter ($23 billion in stock), and Linkdin ($20 billion) as the top three but Pinterest ($5 billion) is climbing fast in popularity. It’s estimated to go head to head with Twitter in the next year. Surveys say that many of the users are identified females, myself included, but it has no target gender, and male identified users are testing the waters more and more.

 

I recently became a Pinterest convert. I was previously a Tumblr addict adamantly resisting the fact that something new could be better than Tumblr.My partner recommended Pinterest to me because I missed the visual inspiration I got from Tumblr but without the time investment needed to search and sort in comparison to Tumblr and Google.

 

 

          Pinterest brings to the table immediate satisfaction in all things visually pleasing to the eye, the interface allows for quicker browsing and more exploration in order to create personal mood boards in which others can view or you can choose to hide.

 

It’s an excellent time waster without the feeling of wasting time and its impersonal unlike a lot of other networking social media sites whose main focus is  blogging to meet people.

                                

I’ve been through many networking blogs from Xanga to Livejournal, to Myspace each with a target audience and it’s funny to see how they grow and decay leaving way for new social enterprises.

 

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