When disposable networks introduce permanence  

For more than a year I’ve been downloading my Snapchat stories each day, then uploading them to Facebook (with Privacy settings at “Just Me”).

While I love the concept of disposable media and data impermanence, I also wanted to save a lot of those memories to relive later. Especially of my small kids.

Source: Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps | The Verge

Snapchat second only to Facebook in photo sharing apps

I’ve been a vocal advocate (opposite of critic!) for disposable media apps like Snapchat and Facebook for some time.

A recent report from BI Intelligence shows that among the 544 million daily photos uploaded in May 2013, 28 percent of those were Snapchat — beating Instagram and Flickr handily.

snapchat popularity


As Bob Lefsetz said in his post Facebook is For Old People, “The oldsters are rarely early adopters. They know the value of money, they’re set in their ways. For all the old bloviators bemoaning the loss of privacy online, it’s the kids who got the memo, that if they post pictures of illicit activity they might not get a job in the future. Kids believe in evanescence, oldsters believe in the permanent record. Ergo, the growth of Snapchat.”


In fact, once I hit the renewal date on my Flickr Premium account, I never renewed. And now I’ve forgotten the password. I still love Flickr, but I don’t use it — and send 10x more Snapchat and Facebook Poke photos than I publicly publish to the social web.