Everyday it seems as if a new form of social media appears. It started with Facebook and then Twitter, then Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, etc. As more people join on to the social media movement, each form of social media tries to figure out ways to stream live newsfeed updates faster to their subscribers. But is faster always a good thing? In his book, Carr states “They’ve also placed a whole new emphasis on immediacy. A “status update” from a friend, co-worker, or favorite celebrity loses its currency within moments of being issued. To be up to date requires the continual monitoring of message alerts” (Carr 158). What Carr essentially is saying is that that as live update streaming becomes faster, people tend to care less about the updates they receive because there will always be a new form of news coming in the next seconds that could be or is already more interesting then the prior news.
As a user of pretty much every form of social media, I would have to agree with Carr on the idea that status updates tend to lose their “currency” because of how everyone wants everything to be faster. I will be on Twitter and as I scroll through the millions of tweets that appear, I become less interested in what people have to post for two reasons actually: One, like Carr said, social media update streaming has become so fast that everyone has the opportunity to constantly refresh their feeds and new updates or news will appear in micro-seconds, causing users to careless about some of the other updates. The second reason is having the power to instantly update your friends, family, acquaintances, or whoever else can tend to lead to a person abusing their social media privileges because there are always those people who need to send updates of every aspect of their lives whether its eating a bowl of cereal or jumping out of a plane, those people still exist and the immediacy of social media updating causes other users to care less and less about what those people have to post because they post so often.
In the end, social media is always going to exist (except for Vine, that kind of disappeared out of nowhere) and people are always going to figure out ways to improve it, it just depends on how each company goes about when it comes to making their subscriber’s social media experience the best.