Social Networking – Scaling Back

I woke up this morning to a number of Social Networking notifications, from ‘Snapchat Stories’ to ‘WhatsApp Messages’ to ‘Instagram Post Notifications’, most of which were completely irrelevant to me. I then started my usual morning pre-breakfast ritual of checking my messages, catching up on my Twitter Feed, browsing Instagram until I’d found the last picture I’d viewed before putting my phone on charge the previous night, then looking at Facebook if there was nothing else to do.

After finishing this, I came to the conclusion there were Way Too Many Ways that people got get hold of me, and to answer all my messages and communication I had to switch between so many apps it was destroying my battery life. When your iPhone 6Plus battery drops from 100% to 89% before 07:00am you know there is an issue.

So what do I do about it? It didn’t take me long to come to realise I didn’t need Snapchat, or really need to see anything that was on there. That Went first, before 07:30am I was Snapchat Free and was already thinking how could I build up this (I don’t do things in half measures) and scale back even further.

I then turned my attention to WhatsApp messenger, I asked myself what do I actually use this for? Group chats that I usually just skip through, a few random chats that could easily switch to SMS, and after checking my storage I found I was only really talking to one person. It was decided, WhatsApp was next to go……. I started with a message to all the people I’ve had recent conversations with to inform them I was deleting the app and moving back to SMS, the main person I speak to is a work colleague so I had a face to face to let them know. I deleted all conversations they followed a simple step process to delete the account, it was done and dusted within a few minutes. 890mb of storage better off on my phone and my blood pressure will improve as I will no longer want to take off my Apple Watch and throw it across the room everything I get a WhatsApp notification to my watch that I’m unable to read fully. (That’s another issue all together)

With WhatsApp gone, I turned my attentions Instagram. After the large amount of users begging to turn on notifications to their page I decided to scale back the amount of people I follow on Intagram, this took some time as Intagram is my favourite Social Network. After around 30minutes of going through the 460 people I follow on Instagram, and much deliberation over a few I was down to a much more manageable number of 226 people. My hope is that that with the new imminent changes to the Instagram feed, this scaling back process will have helped with the time I spend on Instagram and hopefully not miss important posts.

So I’m writing this with one last task, to go through my Facebook feed and mute the most annoying posts from people who aren’t really friends and I wasn’t man enough to ignore their friend request. This worked for my Twitter feed which is probably the only social network that doesn’t need my attention. 

Facebook is the one I’m not looking forward to sorting out.

When I’ve had a week of my new scaled down digital life, I’ll report back with my findings and the impact to my iPhone battery.

  

Drawing Again

After over 20 years, I’ve started drawing properly again.

I haven’t really drawn much since I left school at 19 having finished my A-Levels in Art and Art History, after leaving school and moving into full-time employment, starting and raising a family and generally finding hundreds of other things that needed to be done first, drawing was never a priority……. Until now!

I recently purchased an iPad Pro 12.9″ with an Apple Pencil, and there my love of drawing re-ignited.

Here is my first real offering, a little on the dark side, however I’m happy with it.

Instagram

So the day is here, for a lot of people the day they have not been looking forward to for a long time. Tomorrow looks like it’s the day that Facebook finally starts to stamp its authority on Instagram following its purchase of the Social Network a while back, and makes a fundamental change to the way the picture based social network is viewed.

Instagram is moving from a Chronological Timeline (like Twitter) to an Algorithmic Feed (exactly like Facebook), so what will this mean to the common user you may ask? Simple, instead of working though your feed until you stumble across the last picture you viewed, Faceagram will decided what posts you want to see and the order you see them, based on one of its Algorithms that work out what’s most important to you. I’m still wondering why I just can’t decide what’s important to me and vote with a simple swipe of my finger, however I guess the users don’t always know what’s best for them.

Facebooks timeline just feels a little chaotic with posts from yesterday popping up at the top of your feed over a post from a friend a couple of hours ago. I find this really annoying and I end up missing a some things that I would have liked to comment on, then feel awkward commenting days later.

I guess some people will have a problem with this, some Facebook lovers may not, the big question is whether this is just another step towards the Facebookication of a once ‘Cool’ social network. 

The first move to change Instagram into a Facebook style model was the ads Instagram introduced into people’s feeds a few months back, as far as i’m concerned this seems to have subsided to me only seeing one every few weeks, this is a different story to when this was introduced, at its height I was seeing up to 10 ad’s a day, all of which were completely irrelevant to me and my interests.

My entire feed today is users I follow trying to keep their presence in the limelight by begging their followers to turn on notifications for their posts so their followers ‘Never Miss’ an important post. 

I’ll comment more after a few weeks more of use. Unless it really winds me up and I find myself getting so annoyed with it that I take a break……. 

 

Evolution Studios

I’m so disappointed to find out that Sony Entertainment have decided to close down the UK Based Game Developer Evolution Studios, when they broke into the PS3 with the launch title ‘Motorstorm’ many people were blown away, Frantic gameplay and graphics to match, It was no surprise the game spawned a number of sequels and spin off games on handheld consoles.

When they brought is a delayed Driveclub to PS4 it wasn’t without its glitches, these were sorted out in subsequent updates and fixes which turned the game into something very good if not great.

Do these teething problems with a title on a new console warrant the closing of a great studio with some very talented people? 

I think not……. 

 

Apple Smart Keyboard…. Initial Thoughts

This is the first time I’m using the Apple Smart Keyboard, Firstly the ease of which the keyboard connects to the iPad is typical Apple, it just snaps into place with the same re-assuring snap of a Smart Cover, and it’s also so very simple to set up into a Laptop type position.
The Angle of the screen also seems like a lot of thought has been put into this, without the angle adjustment of a normal laptop, the angle of the screen had to be just right….. And it is.

Next is the feel of the keys, at first the keys feel rigid, and very ‘Clicky’ for the want of a better word, as I’m typing this the keys are already starting to feel a lot more natural, with the extra speed of physical keys over the touchscreen already becoming noticeable.

I’ve used the on-screen keyboard to type two handed on a few occasions with the iPad Pro, this was achieved with a very low angle created with my iPad case’s Smart Cover. The speed of typing is on a par, however it’s all down to the angle the Smart Keyboard achieves as to its effectiveness as a Laptop Replacement.

The keyboard is a superb addition to the iPad Pro, however wouldn’t be suitable for most iPad Users. It’s use is plain and simple…… Writing.

If your a Student, Businessman, Teacher or Blogger, this is a sound purchase. If not, this will be an expense that will be not really justifiable.

Then you have the cost, my 128GB iPad Pro was £799.00GBP with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil that puts the overall cost at £1,017.00GBP, Which is only £30.00GBP cheaper than the new MacBook.

It’s a superb piece of kit with very few flaws, however there does need to a lot of thought into which will be your best option.

Hope this Helps.

New to WordPress

This will be my first post to WordPress having used Tumblr for a number of years, I’m looking to do more writing on this blog so WordPress seemed a logical choice.

My blog will be on a vast variety of subjects, which could prove a little Chaotic to say the least.

I will try my hardest to keep the randomness of my thoughts in check.

My Life, and all the things I'm interested in rolled into the most random Blog you might ever come across.