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HERE’S THE REAL REASON I DELETED MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

I woke up this morning and like every morning my phone was lit up with some sort of notification for me. Todays set of morning notifications included a message from Facebook letting me know that a friend commented on a picture I was in.

“What picture,” I wondered.

My slight case of Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO compelled me to immediately flip open my Macbook to check out the picture on Facebook.

It turns out my friend had noticed that the Express, a local newspaper, had referred to me as someone who had deleted their Instagram account after word broke out about the change in its Terms of Service effective January 16, 2013.

I am assuming they read the following tweets from my twitter account (@akaanuli_tweets):

 

 

 

This is the picture my friend shared with me on Facebook from The Express.

However, I think they missed a tweet I posted later in the day revealing my real reason for deleting my account:

Although I am about everything new media and social I have to be honest. Sometimes I just don’t feel like having to keep up with yet another social network. I’ve been on social networks since middle school back when Xynga and BlackPlanet were cool. However, these days I feel as if there is a pressure to keep up with every new network that a group of savants dreams up about in Silicon Valley. I get it, we should be connected, and they should be able to aspire to be the next Zuckerberg. I can’t knock down a good hustle.

However, as someone who professionally aspires to help brands develop authentic online identities I caution against joining a social network just because it’s the “next big thing.” What happens is that we join these networks just to say we have an account and that we’re “hip,” but then we don’t maintain the accounts. That to me, counter-productive waste of resources and effort.

Take a look at the sidebar to your right. I’m very social. There are seven social networks there. Seven places online that I have to constantly make sure are up-to-date and maintained. That doesn’t include maintaining this website and maintaining my sanity in real-time.

Sure, I am the kind of person that a network like Instagram wants to have as a member. I’m young, social and love to take pictures. However, I’m also busy and I have seven other mouths (eight if you count this site) to feed.

So, yes, I deleted my Instagram account. Maybe one day I’ll create a new one. But, I honestly believe that when it comes to adapting social networks quality should overrule quantity. I want to make sure the content on my current networks is interesting, authentic, and up-to-date before hopping onto another social network.

Honestly, there are only 24 hours in a day and I can’t spend them all on my laptop or mobile device.

Something has to give and in this case it was Instagram.

So, there you have it: 
“Britney"

 

(FEATURED IMAGE: Astro Playboy)

 

***UPDATE***

 

 

I stand by everything I wrote in this post. In fact, I shutdown my “Also Known As Anuli” Tumblr account to make room for Instagram since they served similar purposes for me. Again, quality over quantity.

ENTERING THE “REAL” WORLD

It always feels as if time slows down during the last month of school. When you realize that it’s April and you only have a few more weeks left you wonder where all the time went, but as you are beginning to complete papers, present projects and study for exams time seems to move oddly slower than it did before.

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WHY I WRITE

WHY I WRITE

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Last week I sought the advice of a lawyer regarding my concerns about pursuing a career in law. I told him about my desire to pursue a career that meshes together my interests in fashion, art, journalism and law. He told me that he could tell from our short time together that I was more of a journalist than a lawyer. I wouldn’t say that it was an earth shattering revelation, but it did put a tiny dent in my ego. He said he saw a gleam in my eye whenever I mentioned journalism or writing.

I still intend to follow the plan I mentioned in my last post. It took me all of 21 years to come up with it, so I might as well give it a shot, right? Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a journalist trying to feign an interest in law. As much as I appreciate the law you have to admit it is not a very inclusive field. I will not truly understand what it means to be a lawyer until I am in the trenches of a court room, or at least when I find myself drowning in a sea of torts during my first year of law school.

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

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You know you have finally made it when people stop asking you what you want to be when you grow up. Since I am asked that question on a regular basis it is very safe to say that I haven’t made it…yet.

That question is certainly more than a handful. No really, it’s ten words. First and foremost, I want to be happy. However, that is never the answer people are looking for when they ask that question. They want to know what I plan to do career-wise because as unfortunate as it is we tend to define people solely by their careers.

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