The New Mirrors of Social Media

The New Mirrors of Social Media


Our world is changing fast. I feel that the globe isn't only like a small village; more it has coalesced into a forest. Social media has disrupted our lives in many forms, including communications and increasing flows of information.

There is the convergence factor resulting from the advanced technologies of communication. The blending of personal lives, social lives and work lives are increasingly intertwining. There is an increasing trend to share our private news. We know about people with whom we have never met. The question is finding the hidden pearls of information in the flowing waters of information. The opportunity to know about people and customers are widening. I give two examples.

One example is by looking at the background image of this buzz. You see the founders of beBee (Javier beBee and Juan Imaz) together sharing smiles of hopes. What other information may we get from their photos? The increased trend of sharing selfies is noticeable. You may monitor those selfies over time and study their dynamism. If we notice selfies of the same person repeatedly then we may be exposed to the "Mere Exposure Effect". We may feel the familiarity with a person because we keep seeing his/her photos and may result in our increasing liking of him/her. I expect this phenomena to increase in its impact as sharing photos is instant. Technology has opened new "windows of exposure".

The availability of many photos of the same person allows for studying facial variation. I wonder if the "first snap effect" will prevail. It is analogous to the same first impression is a lasting impression. We tend to have impressions about people from their face images. These images might be derived from our expectations. A military person is expected to look serious and with a baby face a soldier shall fail our expectations. There have been studies relating facial looks and shapes with personalities. Because we mostly meet people virtually these types of studies shall gain momentum. Who could have thought of collecting photos of faces and relate them to human characters? The availability of photos of people and their activities have opened new venues of doing even the unthinkable research.dac0df83.jpg

The written words by a person and the way the "landscape of writing" changes provide new approaches of profiling people. I recall my father telling somebody after reading an essay by him "you have no sisters". The man responded "true, but how did you know". My father responded by saying his words were as dry as wood exposed to sun for long times. "If you had sisters then you would have written few watery words in your essay", was the response of my father. Now, we are able to read all written communications over time and draw impressions. Our words reveal our character. Our thoughts are expressed in words and these worlds reflect how we think, feel and act.

People reflect their thoughts in words and photos they share. If I keep writing or saying "I did" it could mean I am egoist or I am honest. I did the mistake is different from I completed the job or I thought of it. The first I reflects accepting responsibility while the second I reflects a self-centered character. The patterns of my words shall appear over time and these patterns shall be the mirrors that reflect my image to the world.

It is an opportunity to review what you have written over the last few years or what photos you have shared and look for patterns about you.


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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams- the proof is in your words in action. Your words reflect your appreciation for others and appreciation for what you deem worthy. You now that you hold a great place in my mind. I am eagerly waiting for your elaboration for I know it shall add to my understandings. Blessed you are.

๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams

"Our words reveal our character. Our thoughts are expressed in words and these words reflect how we think, feel and act" What you say shows who you. Today everything we do online reflects our thoughts and actions. Your writing is not like the shooting star Ali Anani but like the moon that shines bright and even visible in the day. The biggest star on beBee as you shine and thereby the stars around you shine from the reflection of your light and the knowledge you share. This buzz not only talks about one's writing but It also makes me think that we cannot truly understand a person merely by his thoughts or actions. I will elaborate on this shortly. Thank you for yet another star worthy buzz.

๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams

"Our words reveal our character. Our thoughts are expressed in words and these words reflect how we think, feel and act" What you say shows who you. Today everything we do online reflects our thoughts and actions. Your writing is not like shooting star Ali Anani but like the moon that shines bright and even visible in the day. The biggest star on beBee as you shine and thereby the star around you shine from the reflection of your light and the knowledge you share. This buzz not only talks about one's writing but It also makes me think that we cannot truly understand a person merely by his thoughts or actions. I will elaborate on this shortly. Thank you for yet another star worthy buzz.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
You are one of the souls that keep us socially on the move with your deep comments dear

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
9 Amazing comment Donald \ud83d\udc1d Grandyy as I am currently contemplating a story on crime detection. I might do it

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
AMazing comment @Donald Grandy as I am currently contemplating a story on crime detection. I might do it.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #24

Without social media we are without identities. ..we are nowhere. We are someone when we are hooked up to our chosen media platforms, our scribbling is like an open diary. We learn, we inspire others and it's all sharing and giving. If at all social media is disruptive, then with right engagement we can keep the excitement on the move.

Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy PN

Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy PN

4 years ago #23

Thank you Ali Anani for posting such a thought provoking topic. This is also a valuable tool for forensic science. I see a mystery or crime fiction novel in the works.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Will do Tausif. I tag your name to make sure you read the comment. Me too I like my first name.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dear Tausif Mundrawala- you shook me up with this comment. I try to be better; but expectations from thinkers like you keep the trust. I shall do and I am short of words to say more.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #20

#21
#22 Very appreciative of all your encouragement and support Ali Anani.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Your dedication is an honor dear Sara Jacobovici and I am grateful for this dedication.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The brainy Sara Jacobovici wrote a great buzz in as inspired by this buzz and our exchange of comments. THis buzz is natural extension to this buzz and adds wealth of reasoning to the ideas of this buzz. I urge readers of this buzz to read Sara's as well and see for themselves how ideas emerge. The buzz of Sara title is "What Does It Mean To Adapt?" and the link is: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/what-does-it-mean-to-adapt

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #17

#18
Not at all, Ali Anani. I look forward to dedicating the buzz to you.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
The thoroughness of your comment dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit to share your comment as a stand alone buzz. She published a buzz titled "A stand alone comment" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/a-stand-alone-comment#c4 I shared this buzz on three hives in appreciation of your comment Majit and in acknowledgement of Sara's picking pearls of comments and sharing them. There too I have already had some interesting discussions with Sara.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Absolutely correct you are dear Sara Jacobovici. You wrote a lot about meaning and now you have attached meaning to adaptation (or vice versa) and a new meaning for meaning just emerged. I know what your next buzz shall be about, and if not then I have lost synchronicity with you. Goodness no.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #14

#12
Your highlighting and expansion of the line, has inspired me (as always) Ali Anani, to think; since language is our way of communicating meaning, than adaptation is linked with meaning. Adaptation can only be successful when we understand what it is we are adapting to.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I enjoyed reading your explicit and very sound comment my friend CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. I go all the way along with you.These lines of your comment are worthy "The fortunate thing is that there are observant people, either these people have understood the meaning of being scientific - and therefore are a part of a rare breed of people who can objectively observe, or these people have a poetic ability and the artist in them see's a different facet of human existence". No matter what or how we live we still need to know and know better. In my comment to I gave examples of one value of knowing more. We need to be in harmony with ourselves. But also we need to understand the environment in which we live. If I have peace in my heart then I direct a my knowledge to better uses. It was Alfred Noble who changed his mind fro making explosives to establishing the prize of peace. Is it wrong that we know a bit more? Or, our tendency to use what we know for bad intentions and practices? Using knowledge to sell more for people isn't the same as knowing people better to deal with them better. However; the profoundness of your comment leaves me brewing with more ides to share soon.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Spot on dear . We try to understand people and the tools to do that are varied with newest tools showing great creativity. I say to myself sometimes as we have fractal bodies; yet we are different and in many ways these differences aren't visible to the naked eye. For example, our eye prints, fingerprints and even tears may appear the same; it is only through scientific research that we made these differences availble for us to identify and solve criminal problems, . DNA is another example.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
I am aware of your story and I am so happy that you recovered from the grief of losing your mother Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher. By insisting to leave a positive legacy you actually showd us from your personal experience the way to heal. THis makes your comment of very distinctive value.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala pointed out, but also new skills.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Sara Jacobovici- one line of your comment says a lot "I think we are faced with the challenge of learning a new language in our new environment". You invoke a great idea: adaptation requires new languages with new ideas. This is a powerful observation.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Sara Jacobovici- one line of your comment says a lot "I think we are faced with the challenge of learning a new language in our new environment". You invoke agreat idea: adaptation requires new languages with new ideas. This is a powerful observation.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #7

Social media does what digital extension does, it warps our relationship with others, unless we remain vigilant of the forces at play, and that means being extraordinarily self-aware. The reality of education is that our minds are trained to pick up knowledge and useful information, where useful is an economic measure related to work. So it is that reflection has taken a back seat because we are not taught to reflect where we are trained for purpose and busyness. If the education system prepares us for work, the entertainment system alleviates us, to create a rest-bite from work. What does that say about us that we study to make a living and then in making a living find ways to distract ourselves from this very process. So if we cannot see how we operate ourselves in this system, what are we then looking for in another. If economic circumstance rather than personal reflection is a higher priority, then we are looking for hooks and we are effectively virtual salespeople, making links and connections as our economic system has taught us. The fortunate thing is that there are observant people, either these people have understood the meaning of being scientific - and therefore are a part of a rare breed of people who can objectively observe, or these people have a poetic ability and the artist in them see's a different facet of human existence, and where we have someone who can do both, we find the rarest kind of person of all, the renaissance man or woman. All people possess what is called theory of mind, our ability to interpret the thoughts of others through facial expressions or behaviours or actions, but this theory of mind is affected by our social conditioning and by whether we think concretely or have higher capaciity for abstraction. It is at levels of abstraction that theory of mind is operating at the awareness described in this particular buzz. http://fas-philosophy.rutgers.edu/goldman/Theory%20of%20Mind%20_Oxford%20Handbook_.pdf.pdf

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #6

You made valid points Ali Anani! I look back at my blogs over the past year and see that I've been able to progress from the fear of losing to grieving and now, I finally feel I'm moving forward. I will never forget my beautiful mom but I don't feel that awful dread and loss as I did even a few months ago when the anniversary of her passing arrived. That was a pivotal moment after that day passed, a good one :)) You father sounds like he was a wise man. We are in a way, leaving a legacy- I want mine to be a positive one with truths inserted. Thank you, this was an awesome buzz!

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #5

This is a relevant and timely post Ali Anani. Communication has taken on a "new face" with social media and technology. We rely on certain cues, facial, images and the written word, to "make sense" of what is being communicated. I think we are faced with the challenge of learning a new language in our new environment. The problem is, we're still translating what information we're receiving into our original language.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Thank you Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Your photos and words say you are an ambitious, caring and risk-taking person @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
r photos and words say you are an ambitious, caring and risk-taking person Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

4 years ago #1

Thanks Ali Anani !!

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