I’m not looking to compare Twitter and Instagram in a ‘which is the best’ kind of manner. That’s down to personal preference, I want to discuss how different the mood is between them.
Now this could just be me and what I notice, but lately I’m getting a more negative vibe from Twitter that doesn’t exist on Instagram.
It feels to me like there’s always something brewing, something ready to kick off whenever I click my Twitter icon. A controversial view that sparks debate, yet turns into arguments and personal attacks, or a general news story that focuses on the negatives only.
I’m not even talking about just the ‘average’ people for want of a better phrase, it’s large brands, celebrities and mainstream media outlets, they’re all at it. It could be a blogger, a politician, a footballer or an actress, there’s ‘Twitter spats’ happening on the daily and most of it is just ridiculous.
I’ve become less and less active on Twitter over the last 12 months in particular because I happen to stumble across so much negativity and I don’t want to see it. I know it can be real life, bad shit happens all the time but I don’t need to hear about it 24/7 and quite frankly I couldn’t care less about half the topics people are falling over themselves to argue about on Twitter.
That brings me onto Instagram. Without a doubt my favourite place online to engage, share and communicate with other people. I haven’t ever come across a feed on Instagram that has negativity and arguments filling up the comments section. I’d imagine there are some but I haven’t seen them. I also feel good after engaging on Instagram, I find the community of people I have on there are always helpful and promoting positivity.
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Why is the mood so different?
I’ve been thinking about this lately. The first thing I thought about was who I follow. I follow the same or similar people on both platforms so I don’t think it’s that. Then I got to thinking about each platform’s feed and what they offer up for you.
On Twitter you’re offered so much content that you’ve not asked for, it must be more than half of your feed. This is down to sponsored posts, Twitter offering you suggestions and the biggest one for me is people you do follow retweeting content. I might follow you because I’m interested in some of your content but, this doesn’t mean we have all the same interests. You might like Love Island for example therefore you RT the latest drama and now I have to see it too. That’s just one example but when most people are doing it you can see how more unrelated content can be offered to you that you just don’t want.
On Instagram you get what you’ve asked for with a sprinkle of sponsored crap. You largely get only the content the people you follow are creating into your feed. There aren’t many accounts, not in my list anyway, that repost random stuff constantly.
A more controversial way I’ve thought about this whole thing is that Instagram is also the fakest platform out there! It’s visually driven and people usually only show their best versions of themselves or whatever content they’re sharing. As opposed to Twitter where you can simply skip the visual aspect and drop a tweet calling someone a dickhead because you don’t agree with them on something. Twitter is driven by conversations, minimal characters available for you to bluntly get your short opinions across, oh and link dumping, it’s also driven by link dumping.
Instagram is all about the perfect visuals, whether you agree or not, it really is.
So, it’s no wonder really that Twitter can sometimes be a place for controversy, debates and person attacks, whilst us Instagrammers can live in a positivity bubble pretending life is great and glamorous dishing out our filtered photo’s.
Hey, this is just my feelings and opinions I know it will be different for the next person, feel free to let me know you agree on Instagram and love what I had to say, or call me a twat and tell me I haven’t a clue on Twitter…