Amazing video from @uheheu
- With the departure of Kevin and Mike (co-founders of @instagram
), I wanted to use this post to reflect and say thank you to @mikeyk @kevin
for creating this amazing app that billions of us use every day. Simply put, I would not be where I am today without Instagram. Over the past two years, I have been able to connect with a diverse community of creatives, scientists and nature lovers. Mahalo for enabling me to share my view with the rest of the world. - - -
I'm hesitant with the direction/current state at Facebook and there is a lot about social media in general that worries me. I never was one to buckle to a trend and create content specifically for engagement. I was always fascinated by the ability of these encounters to speak for themselves. But now with the "algorithm" and/or facebook pushing more people towards paying for sponsored posts, it feels like change is necessary. More people than ever are flying over animals for the right and/or wrong reasons and it's getting to a point where I get anxiety scrolling through my feed. It might be hypocritical but I think we are at a tipping point where we need to better understand our impacts on these animals. Maybe being on the research side of things I "know too much" or have seen behind the curtain. Maybe I'm growing up and the thrill has switched from content creation to research and discovery. I'm not 100% sure. If you read this far comment with a random emoji that has nothing to do this post. This is what has been going on in my head the past few months. Thank you for taking the time to read my rant. Thank you again to Kevin and Mike. You have changed my life.