Metter Media Social Report, April 21st, 2017

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Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook all announced new features this week. Find out how the four giants are changing social media with the week’s #MMSocialReport.

And, trust us, they are big announcements. They range from Snapchat filters that you can apply to anything around you all the way to Facebook wanting you to use the platform using only your thought. Yes, it was quite the week.

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Metter Media Social Report, April 7, 2017

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Social media continues to change: live streaming has taken over, Snapchat now has a search option for public stories, the Twitter egg is now done for…

Lucky for you, the #MMSocialReport brings you the top social media news of the week. Take a look and get caught up:

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The Live Streaming Age

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A couple of weeks ago, I found myself glued to the New York Times Facebook Live reporting of the People’s March for Education Justice in New York. It was a march protesting several of the new government’s initiatives on education, including the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Broadcast reporting on Facebook, at last!

This is what we’ve come to expect from coverage of an event like this. Like on television, the large crowds were recorded to give the audience a sense of the turnout and a reporter interviewed some protesters, providing a personal account.

But because it was done through Facebook Live, it had a fresh sense of immediacy. The reporter herself did the recording from her phone’s camera. She asked the protesters questions, while viewers commented at that exact moment. The questions were often personal, resulting in parents’ musings about how they’d like their kid to be educated. The audience nearly had a presence at the event; something they could never have had through traditional news television.

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Metter Media Social Report, March 24, 2017

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Social media keeps evolving. There’s always a new feature or a new app threatening to change the game. We keep up with them all so that you don’t have to. From Apple’s new video editing app to Instagram potentially competing with Yelp—here are the top five social media headlines for the week.

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Metter Media Social Report, March 3, 2017

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The #MMSocialMediaReport is here to help you keep up with all things social media. This week, Snapchat’s parent company reinvents itself, flags in Facebook profile pictures, YouTube ads becoming more tolerable, and more…

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The New Instagram Zen

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Open the explore tab on your Instagram app and chances are, in the midst of personalized content, you’ll find the “Oddly Satisfying” section. You have to see these videos to understand their appeal, so I’ll just say the section features colorful, often viscous substances being played with in an alluring way. I know, odd…

These posts are also becoming massively popular. This one, for example, tallied over a million views a day after being posted:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQveXWhla-h/

The account itself dedicates itself to this sort of videos. It has accrued 100k followers merely six months after being established, according to the account’s bio. There’s an undoubtable charm to their videos. They have a quality both relaxing and abstracting. Like squishing a stress ball, only not nearly as tiresome.

They sell the stuff. Their bio links to an Etsy page selling the slime used on the videos. The posts, then, are brilliant advertising: they feature only the product and yet anyone would want to see them.

Indeed, most of the slime accounts follow that model. Another example:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQx5SsMB_NN/

But also notice the tags: #relaxation, #relax, #anxietyrelief, #stressrelief, #sleepaid etc…

They touch precisely on what makes these posts so “odd” against the typical Instagram post. They are not like landscapes, or pictures of food, or art, or even memes for that matter, in that there’s no meaning behind them. Their effect is more akin to listening to white noise. They are meant to lull you, to provide a respite from all that.

They can’t even be compared to abstract art. They are positively about the concrete: about the touching of the slime and the physical reaction you get from it. That one even has sound adding to the soothing effect.

These relaxation clips could be even more welcome on Instagram than traditional art. Take @annettelabedzki’s account. She’s a Canadian artist who gets most of her Instagram attention not from her paintings, but from her #oddlysatisfying paint mixing videos:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQyDHyAhp3F/

There’s no effort of interpretation in watching a paint-mixing video like there would be in viewing a painting. There’s nothing but the mindless pleasure of watching carefully-arranged paint merge into a solid color.

The Zen-like lack of effort they require might explain their allure.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwQDDYhJqn/

Here’s a variation on the genre I particularly enjoy: the paint-mixing in the post below is reversed. It’s essentially the same process but there’s something more, dare I say it, satisfying about seeing the paint separating when you have no idea what the arrangement is going to look like. The less context the better—there’s even less to think about.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQY1CciDcdb/?taken-by=craftyslimecreator

What can you make of a video like that? And yet you watch. For a minute you phase out, more relaxed than satisfied and more soothed than entertained.

Previously in the Metter Media blog, we worried about how stressful social media has been of late. We had been feeling the effects of “trending news, trolls, and eco chambers.” Things were getting to be a bit too much.

I, for one, welcome the “Oddly Satisfying.” The not only aesthetically pleasing but purposefully soothing. A small place within endless content to just phase out and relax. Perhaps we’ve found a new, more therapeutic side to social media.

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