Follow Me on Meerkat!

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Meerkat is the latest craze in live video streaming that was buzzing at SXSW. It has great potential as a way to share live events and push it to Twitter. However, Twitter actually purchased a very similar app called Periscope. But it is Meerkat that is getting more of the attention and has already raised over $12 million in venture capital funding.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.53.28 PMLast night I streamed my own video for the first time. It was a live feed of my turtles (basically doing nothing) and it gained 15 viewers in seconds, many of which weren’t previously my Twitter followers. I don’t know where they came from but I guess the app is so popular now that people are looking for new feeds to follow!

You can find me at http://meerkatapp.co/tianafeng/.

JUNOS Weekend Through Instagram

I'm an alien #JUNOS

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I’ve been busy this past while with JUNOS and post-JUNOS stuff. I thought I’d take you through some of those adventures through Instagram. It was my first time covering JUNO weekend. It just never worked out logistically in the past. When I went to get my ID made, they turned me blue!

Switching roles with @curlybecs @changetheending #socanbash

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On Friday, SOCAN had their Friends & Family party. My publicist friends decided it would be fun to switch places and for once they’d be the photographers.

.@tremission #junos

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Then I went to a hiphop show at a venue by the lake. It was kind of like Hamilton’s version of Sound Academy.

Can't believe I am still awake but here is Saukrates #junos

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We stayed up until 2am waiting for Saukrates (one of my co-worker’s favourites) to go on.

Steak, salmon and lobster bennies. I am in some sort of heaven #food

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On Saturday we woke up early and had brunch at Jack & Lois.

Chilling with @jenngrantmusic who is awesome irl #junos

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After brunch we interviewed Jenn Grant, who is the most awesome in person.

Most adorable thing at #junos. Always support music education #musicounts #tdbank

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The TD Lounge were supporting local Hamilton schools and I saw these adorable kids play!

.@richaucoin rules every city he lands in ❤️✌️#junofest

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I almost didn’t get into this Rich Aucoin show (he owns every city he is in) but I waited patiently in line and the bouncer let me in. I ended up leaving a whole bunch of confetti in my co-worker’s car.

At the #junos songwriter circle!

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On Sunday Morning, I attended the JUNOS songwriter circle where songwriters shared stories before performing acoustic versions of their songs.

.@sarahrix and I at the #junos media room. I just dropped her cake. Plz forgive me?

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Backstage of the JUNOS gala, I sat beside my friend Sarah and dropped her piece of complimentary cake. Oops!

Life is interesting sometimes and Instagram is such a great way to relive it!

Recently Used Emoticons

IMG_0868In the age of technology, emoticons are just as important in conveying a message as words. I decided to share my most recently used ones. They generally also reflect my most popular ones.

They seem to reflect my personality quite a bit as well as current events.  I like food (which explains the pizza, burger, chocolate and bread) and I am a happy and excited person (face and hand signs). It also looks like I was wishing people a Happy Chinese New Year illustrated by the goat and celebratory things beside it. I’m also a person not afraid to be a little inappropriate (poop, and air poof representing fart).

What are your most recently used emoticons? And what do they say about your surrounding life? I’d love to know!

Invasion of the Damn Dress

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You have to be living in a cave with no internet and literally no other people around you to not have been asked “What colour is this dress?”.

There was no escaping it. Everywhere you turned on social media it was talk of the dress, parodies of the dress, theories. At work, all the people I had to interact with had mentioned the dress at one point.

My initial reaction last night was black and gold. Which wasn’t even one of the options. Then today I leaned more towards blue and black. There was literally no way to make me see white. It wasn’t possible. We tried different screens, printing it out. It was undoubtedly blue. But it was interesting to note how many of the people around me truly believed the opposite.

If anything this was a fantastic exercise on how different people see the world and how at the end we had to agree to disagree.

The Great Instagram Purge of 2014

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Last week, Instagram went through a giant purge of bots. That meant a great deal of users lost followers in some way. Some lost thousands. I only lost 40, but it still felt like a lot.

I’ve never ever bought followers nor am I a huge user of hashtags, because I know they contribute to a lot of the bot numbers. But I guess they still managed to find me in some way. Instagram’s not like Twitter and there’s not so many tools out there for moderating your contact list (nor do I trust most that exist). I’ve never really used any strange “marketing techniques” to garner any of my current followers (on any social networks). I am a very big advocate on the attitude of “if they want to follow you they will”.

I’m a very big believer of influencer marketing, a topic that is now of heavy debate in Singapore. I think that’s what prompted me to write a post on the matter. This Instagram purge was very necessary for the network to know it’s real users and to reveal who their true influencers are. While Instagram still has yet to be infiltrated with ads, it has a lot of potential to be very valuable to advertisers. Hell, the other day I saw my first “sponsored ad”, one by Ferrero Rocher, my favourite chocolate in the world. How they knew that, I don’t really know. All I know is, Instagram’s ad network will be very targeted.

I’m not freaked out about social media and advertising. I’ve kind of always dove nose-first into it. We make unconscious decisions about everything we purchase and are surrounded by ads and marketing almost everywhere we look. I will just remain being myself everywhere online.

If you’d like to connect with me on Instagram you can find me here: http://instagram.com/tianafeng!