Which Social Media would you use for making a following ?

Updated on August 9, 2018 in Photography
15 on April 8, 2018

 

Which Social Media would you use for making a following VSCO grid, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Vero? Which one is Ideal? I have been confused on which platform to post. I don’t like too many platforms to work on. 1 or 2 platforms would be enough. What do you folks think is better? Which platform is ideal to share your works and communicate with the fans as well?

Which platforms to keep and which one to ditch?

Thanks!

 
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0 on April 8, 2018

online marketing is an all or nothing business…

are you on linked in?? how bout pinterest?? flickr, might as well join 500px while you are at it.

I stick to instagram because its easy and galleries expect that sort of thing. But if it was just me I would not use anything, too much work lol.

 

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3 on April 17, 2018

Honestly none, no one uses facebook anymore except for old people, or just people like me who just use it to message others, Instagram’s algorithm isnt too good, flickr is dead, and too specific. 

Honestly, even though I hate instagram’s algorithm, it may be the best option.

on April 19, 2018

That is a ridiculous statement.  I run a craft beer facebook page and it has both young and old…more so on the young.  Total members are over 1100.  This facebook is for the old nonsense is pure rubbish.

 

on April 20, 2018

Instagram has lost its charm for photographer. Its sort of showcasing someones portfolio.

on August 6, 2018

That is a ridiculous statement.  I run a craft beer facebook page and it has both young and old…more so on the young.  Total members are over 1100.  This facebook is for the old nonsense is pure rubbish.

 

From Faintandfuzzy

Sorry for my late reply. Its been probably a couple years since Ive had someone asked to add me on facebook. Keep in mind, Im fairly on the younger side as well.

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2 on April 19, 2018

Hi Roshan Eric Kim here. At this point, unfortunately your best bet is Instagram for building a following

on April 20, 2018

But when I read your blog posts, I always get confused about using social media. I can’t afford a website so i was confused on using anyone one platform to showcase my work. Instagram demotivates me when I see other photographers work. So i tried to post on VSCO, but the audience is very less.
Thank you for your time Eric! Peace✌🏻

 

on July 24, 2018

@roshan wordpress offers free accounts. You only have to pay if you want your own domain. But for 99/year that is less than 10/mo. 

Most people spend more than that on Starbucks in a month.

Chris

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0 on April 20, 2018

Instagram is number one. You have to work hard at it everyday and you will be up against a lot of mediocre to poor content, but it is the easiest way to interact with other photographers and build a network.

Be careful though, it can be a sticky trap to get out of. You may become more concerned with the amount of love you get rather than the quality of your content, and who exactly the love is coming from. 10 likes for a great photo from the right people, is better than 100 likes for a mediocre photo from the wrong people.

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0 on June 24, 2018

I think Instagram is still my favourite till now as I think the user is more communicative. I have PMs from some people talked about photo discussion. Even better, I can ask people for good spot to hunting when I go abroad and no idea where/when to capture moments (also what culture should I pay attention there)

I tried 500px and flickr as well but found it a bit “lonely” there. 

However, now I started my own blog as well as Eric stated so many times, it is just full freedom to post or  talk anything in our own web.

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2 on July 5, 2018

Hi 🙂
I believe the answer to this question lies within the own values and the purpose one thinks of using social media.

Most social media, I believe, is disrespecting our values.

They are designed to gain a profit from mass survailience. I know, you might think ‘nothin to hide nothing to fear’, but it has impact to society as a whole.
A documentary with the same name as the subject that I can advice:

Furthermore they are designed in away that the entire power is in the hand of very few, leaving communities with no decision power but to obey or leave.

Their interest in profit also takes impact of how software is designed. Agorytms that try to make you adicted to their plattform, clickbaits that get sponsord…

….then there is cencorship of many minorities..

Whatsoever. There is more to say on that but I guess the point I’m making is clear.

Question should be, do we really want this, and if not what our possibilities to overcome it.

There is a network called fediverse. It is based on many different plattforms that are federated with each other. Even so the plattforms are run on different software, people can comunicate with each other.

That makes it possible that one doesn’t need to join an endless amount of plattforms to be able to comunicate with others.
It also means that many different designes are possible, just so it fits ones usecase.
Every community can have their own plattform they control, and still be connected to other communties.
There are no adds. No marketizing of private data.
One can host it by themself and also change the software if they desire so, since it is free and opensource.

Examples of thos plattforms:

microblogging:
http://joinmastodon.org
https://pleroma.social/

similiar to fb:

Home

federated content managment system
http://project.hubzilla.org/

for video and audio:
http://joinpeertube.org/
https://join.funkwhale.audio/

similiar to instagram:
(they are still in beta)
https://quit.im
pixelfed.org/

Myself I’m availabe for a chat here:
https://hub.libranet.de/channel/paulfree14
and here:
todon.nl/@paulfree14

on July 5, 2018

Thanks so much Paul, lots of stuff for me to research. Micro blogging as a concept is good. Thank you for empowering us!

on July 5, 2018

My plesure. If you’ve got any question I’m happy to help out.
A microblogging instance running on mastodon with focus on art you’ll find here:
https://mastodon.art/

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0 on July 24, 2018

I had to detox from social media. I was jonsing for a like. Refreshing my feed all the time. I curated my work based on what types of photos were getting more likes and comments. I started to lose sight in my art.

I reflected on creating and why I take photos and write. I concluded that I do it for me to make me happy, yet I was begging for likes and attention all the while adding value to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

That bullshit just ain’t me. I take photos for me so I deleted my accounts. I started a wordpress blog, and I post there when I want to share photos or if I want to write I write.

To keep in contact with friends and family I write them letters and call them on the phone.

I am not saying everyone should delete their social media. It is working for me. I don’t have a huge following and that is OK. I focus on sharing my content on my site. I keep my eye out for competitions and other places to interact with people and show my work. If some people enjoy my work that is great. If they don’t that is ok too.

Chris

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0 on August 9, 2018

I don’t. Facebook and all of lts spawn just scare the crap out of me. I blog only when I have something to say and sometimes share images on G+ but that’s not all that often either.

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