While the mystery about creating meaningful content and garnering followers (i.e. people who gives a s#@t) remains, I thought the article "The meanings of the selfie" by James Franco (yes, the actor) was interesting.
James Franco explains the power of the selfie,
And while I understand James Franco is a celebrity and people would be interested in looking at his face and don't give a second thought about mine, and I, deep down, like much more the Casey Neistat's approach for Instagram as he shows on this video.I can see which posts don’t get attention or make me lose followers: those with photos of art projects; videos telling the haters to go away (in not so many words); and photos with poems. (Warning: Post your own, and you’ll see how fast people become poetry specialists and offer critiques like “I hate you, you should die.”)But a well-stocked collection of selfies seems to get attention. And attention seems to be the name of the game when it comes to social networking.
I've decided to give selfies a try. I'm going to post selfies as often as I can, starting today for, let's say, six months. At the end of my experiment, I'll report back how many new followers I got on Instagram (as of today, I have 48) and which selfie got more likes.
Here's selfie number 1:
|look me up on instagram @denysecohen for six months worth of selfies|
Okay, it's not my best hair day. But being no James Franco, and realizing people really don't care to look at my plain ol face, I think a little make up (i.e. photoshop) will help keep them interested. Don't you think?
I guess we'll find out in six months.