Snapchat Is A Playground: This is the best description of Snap I’ve heard

Snapchat Is A Playground: This is the best description of Snap I’ve heard

“Snapchat is a Playground” – YES, Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus, it is!! Best description ever!!

 

I’ll be the first to admit things are not looking good for Snap. People are abandoning it in droves. At least 50% of the people I follow are gone.

  • However, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve started seeing influential early users e.g. Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus (photo above), tentatively checking back in.
  • Are they being paid to do this? I don’t think so, but who knows.
  • I’m also sensing there’s still a lot of love for Snapchat among its earliest and most avid users.
  • This appears to be especially true for those who abandoned Snap for Instagram Stories because they got more immediate engagement thru hashtags and ability to tag brands and celebrities.
  • BUT something is afoot, snappers are getting restless, they seem bored with Instagram and seem to genuinely be missing the Snap experience.

Here are some of the best comments I’ve heard recently on the state of Snap vs. Instagram:

“Snapchat is a playground….the voice changing thing, the filters, it’s just so much fun.”

  • This is the most brilliant description I’ve heard about Snap. It came from Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus, a leading marketing/social media guru (photo above)
  • He had been very active on Snap and abandoned it for Instagram for all the reasons cited above but he came back to check out all the new features and was clearly impressed.

“(Snapchat) is a platform for the imagination”

  • Caught this at the tailend of  an interview with Brian White of Drexel Hamilton on SquawkBox on 7/17/17.

“Snapchat is just better than instagram….”

  • Sam Sheffer commenting on quality of photos/video on snap vs. instagram.
  • Sam is an independent content creator, and close friend/collaborator of Casey Neistat
  • However, he’s more of a hired gun for brands so not sure where his true alliances lie e.g. he was pushing La Croix on every post for a while, now not at all so assume that contract ran out.
  • UPDATE FROM SAM: he did not have a contract with La Croix.
  • BUT when i heard him rave about snap a few weeks ago, it sounded genuine….

These recent comments, plus my own experience, indicate that Snap still has some advantages over Instagram, particularly when it comes to user experience.

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Knitting: Great for Stress Relief, But So Much More

Knitting: Great for Stress Relief, But So Much More

 

Everywhere I look, there they are: Knitters (men and women!).

  • On the subway – YES!
  • At art events – YES. Yarnbombers covering trees, motorcycles, trashcans.
  • On TV – YES. Norway’s Slow TV has a National Knitting Evening with 4 hours of knitting for binge watching. Another reason to love Norway! Available on Netflix.
  • On Youtube – YES. Almost 3MM videos on knitting.
  • Memes – YES. Knit Club is my favorite.
  • Even Vogue is on board: German Vogue editor, Christiane Arp is often seen with her knitting needles.
  • Wool and the Gang, a super cool knitting company, has created a kit that builds 20 minutes of meditation into your daily schedule via knitting a scarf.  Their “Me Time” Scarf comes with striped yarn in two different shades. Every day, you’re supposed to knit rows of a single color then stop when the color of yarn changes. Each stripe of color on the scarf should take about 20 minutes to knit, which is just enough time to relax and meditate about your day.

Read on below for more on knitting including a great video on why people knit, and some first hand examples from Franklin Habit, the renowned writer, illustrator, and knitter, on the connection between knitting and yoga.

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Des Moines, Iowa: Super Cool and Ranked #3 For Millennial Homebuyers

Des Moines, Iowa: Super Cool and Ranked #3 For Millennial Homebuyers

 

Heading to Des Moines in August for the Iowa State Fair (and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know State Fairs are my thing).

  • Top of my to-do list: check out what’s trending in Fair foods, livestock showings and the Thrill Zone!
  • 90’s Music Night (Millennials’ favorite pop culture decade).

But, I have an additional reason (beyond the State Fair) to check out Des Moines.

  • It came in #3 on the list of cities nationwide where millennials are buying homes.
  • 44% of millennials in Des Moines are currently home owners vs. just 20% in the NY Metro area and 18% in LA.

I’m always on the lookout for cities undergoing a renaissance and attracting millennials e.g. Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia.  Excited to add Des Moines to my roster.

Based on this excellent report from credit.com on home ownership among millennials, I’m also recommending the cities on this list for patterning and millennial trend scouting trips.

Read on below for all I am looking forward to exploring while in Des Moines.

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Do You Think Like A Millennial? Take This Quiz!

Do You Think Like A Millennial? Take This Quiz!

 

I got 80% right!  See how you do.  Here’s the link.  Report back.

And while we’re at it, here are 5 things impacted by Millennials that we’re all now doing a little differently. (Source: MarketWatch):

The 9 to 5 work week

  • Nearly 40% of U.S. workers can now work from home at least one day a week.
  • Millennials don’t unplug at 5 p.m., 68% check work emails from home.

Dinner dates

  • They’re dating more often and more casually, making the idea of sitting across from someone at a pricey dinner for a potentially long amount of time less desirable.
  • “Online dating creates an enormous number of first dates in a short period of time,” said relationship and etiquette expert April Masini.

Napkins

  • 86% opt to use a paper towel as a napkin at the dinner table.
  • The paper towel’s ability to clean up messes makes it a more versatile and economical choice, especially as fewer millennials eat dinner at home.

Soap bars

  • They prefer liquid soap.
  • 60% believe soap bars are gross and covered in germs after use.

Wine corks

  • Millennials love wine, consuming nearly half of all wine in the U.S., but they’re opting for bottles with twist-off caps and cans of wine.
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FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

 

This year’s Frieze Art Fair was more of a crazy happening than I’ve experienced before. First, there was a torrential downpour of biblical proportions – 3 inches of rain over a couple of hours. Workers securing the fair tents caught everyone’s attention as did the rain buckets scattered around the booths protecting $100K works of art.

  • But my favorite art piece was created by Dora Budor. She recruited three Leo DiCaprio-lookalikes to roam the fair impersonating some of his most memorable characters: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Glass (The Revenant) and Frank Abagnale Jr. (Catch Me If You Can).
  • Budor’s performance piece, a commission for the fair’s Frieze Projects sector, is titled MANICOMIO!, which translated from Italian means “Madhouse!” according to Artnews.
  • I encountered “Catch Me If You Can” Leo first and thought it strange that a military officer was attending Frieze and being so smirky about it. Then I ran into the “Reverent”. I did not see “The Wolf Of Wall Street” in person.
  • Here’s what the artist told Artnews about the project: “I wanted to create the opportunity for unsuspecting visitors at the fair to experience a disjointed reality—believing that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be there, but seeing him, impossibly, many years younger and as characters he has played. He comes every year so that’s part of the idea: he becomes the fourth actor, as himself. It’s like the rings of Saturn, where all Leos orbit the central idea of the eternal Leo.”

Just love this concept!!

Read on below for my top 10 Frieze galleries and artists.

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LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this commercial – cracks me up every time I watch it. Whoever wrote the script for this droll, conversation between the four “monsters next doors” on their morning commute deserves an award. Brilliantly funny!

I must admit I had no idea what the commercial was for when I first saw it. Also, can’t say it would make me sign up for Spectrum if it wasn’t already my carrier.

It was produced by Brooklyn-based independent agency Something Different.

Make sure you watch it.

 

 

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The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

 

Fabulous weekend in Atlanta last week as guest of my friends, Rodrigo and Elliott. Not only was the agenda 100% on-point, I also had my own stunning suite at their gorgeous home (pics below).

So here – per the Opinionator – are the six must-dos for a great weekend in the ATL. And note, much of what I love most about Atlanta is in the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) – so be sure to check it out.

Ponce City Market

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. And whereas malls all around the country are dying, this place was jammed – of course it’s 80% food hall.
  • The people behind it also developed Chelsea Market in NYC. They are clearly expert at doing adaptive reuse projects in historic buildings (this one a Sears, Roebuck from the 1920s).
  • This is also where we rented bikes for our 3 hour tour of the Beltline and Piedmont Park which are adjacent to the market.

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Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

So listen-up friends, this interview (from 2010) between Mike Tyson and Michael Kay is MUST WATCH TV. Why you may ask? Because it is ruthlessly honest – and funny! And every man in the audience is engrossed and captivated because Mike speaks the truth.

But Wallace Matthews from ESPN – and Mike Tyson’s actual words – say it better than I can:

Unlike so many of the prepackaged, overprocessed and mega-rehearsed professional athletes who are churned out today, Mike Tyson remains that rarest of all commodities. Instead of the human being sold as superhero, Tyson is the superhero who is selling himself as a human being.

“Sometimes I’m a dreadful, disgusting human being. I have a lot of pain and I don’t know how to let it go.”

Moments later, he said, “I’m living such an awesome life, it’s scary. I ain’t got no drama going on right now.”

Tyson is must-see TV. Fighting or talking, he is about as compelling an athlete as this country has even known.

Tyson was alternately funny and frightening, inspirational and heartbreaking. More than once, he choked back tears.

Tyson moved through his glory years, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history (“I knew I would. I knew it like I know Sunday follows Saturday. It had been drilled into my brain.”), through his decline at the hands of Don King and Robin Givens, to the lowest point of his life (the 1992 rape conviction, however, going to jail he said, wasn’t a big deal “I fit right in”), and the lowest point of his career (the night he resorted to biting a piece out of one of Evander Holyfield’s ears to escape a beating).

“I despised him so much because I admired him so much,” Tyson said of Holyfield. “I wanted to kill him. I had been jealous of him from when we were kids. I’m a spoiled brat and things weren’t going my way. I wanted to hurt him. So I bit him. I was just a [bleeping] mess.”

Sometimes I’m filthy. I’m wretched,” he said. “And sometimes I’m not so bad. Mike Tyson ain’t nothing special. Just another human being, trying to get along.”

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