>Who Is The Instagram Overlord?

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I’m sort of addicted to Instagram. For those who don’t have an iPhone or haven’t yet found this free app, it’s a photo sharing social media application that lets you apply filters to the pictures you’ve taken. You can follow people and see their photos and they can see yours. Oh, don’t forget the requisite comment/like feature too.  You can also post these filtered photos to Twitter and Facebook.

But, to business… Over the past three months, I’ve seen people partaking in this Photo A Day challenge. And as regular readers of my blog well know, I’m not a joiner and am skeptical of anything that has a bandwagon feel to it.

So instead of just rolling my eyes at the lemming like mindset of people like I usually do, I decided to investigate who this Instagram overlord might be… Since all of the photos were originating on that application, I assumed it was some official way for them to generate interest in their already popular application.

But Google searches for Instagram photo a day kept returning blogs. Nothing from Instagram itself. Finally, I found the overlord in question. It was not someone associated with Instagram (as far as my pitiful research could tell), but some random mommy blogger from Australia.

Since I don’t regularly follow the mommy blogger world, I have no idea who this woman is, but she seems to have a decent following (as well as a sponsorship by Pantene & Seventeen Magazine), which is probably why this idea of hers took off like it did.

It’s a cute, fun idea. So, I thought that instead of turning my nose up at it, I might give it a try. I’m always looking for inspiration and sometimes using a prompt (even if it’s just a photo one) helps. with writing.

So for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, today I will share the prompt for April 1st: Your Reflection (which is really my reflection not yours). The above picture is a bit of a stretch on that statement since it’s my reflection in a wine glass. You can pretty much only see my hair, but hey, who wants to see my mug reflected in a bathroom mirror like a bad online dating profile? No one…that’s boring.

>Online Dating Chronicles: When Technology Attacks

>You know how everyone is addicted to Pinterest? OK, not everyone just women and mostly it seems like it’s heroin for married women. Anyway, the other day, I saw a tweet asking if anyone pins online dating photos…

This scares the crap out of me. Mostly because I assume that the online dating site I submit my photos to is controlling who has access and the ability to download them.

So, of course, I had to try it out. And…you can pin someone’s photo from a Match.com profile to Pinterest.

I have noticed more and more men taking an interest to Pinterest. (Pardon the rhyme.) I’m just worried that some people (men and women) might start pinning photos of potential dates…possibly even making fun of them.

Because let’s be honest, there are a lot of stupid things to make fun of in the online dating world, but taking someone’s photo and putting it on a different site can be a tricky thing. I try not to share photos that I think are weird or scary. Sure, I’ll describe them to you, but capture them? No. Words are a different matter. You can’t tell who someone is by looking at a dumb piece of text…mine or theirs.

Right now, a search for date or dating on Pinterest mostly shows crap from couples.  Be warned if you are single, you will be inundated with save the date ideas and something confusingly Christian called “Dating My Husband”.  Also, most of the date night ideas…for married people.  How and why that annoys me is another blog post altogether.

>And the winner is…

>This afternoon, I saw a tweet that piqued my curiosity. I can’t remember who it was (probably MiniBurgerTruck), but whoever it was (MiniBurgerTruck) was crowing about being nominated for KCRA’s A-List and was soliciting votes. I don’t have a problem with someone being excited about earning a nomination and then marketing themselves to achieve a winning status.

What I have a problem with was that I wasn’t on the Local Blogger’s list and an appliance repair company with a blog that hasn’t been updated in 8 months was on the list! What injustice is this!! Of course, I tweeted angrily about this fact and decided that I would further investigate this travesty.

It was then that I found some random law firm in the list of nominees. They had a blog, but it hadn’t been updated since 2009. Three years?!? What craziness is this? Who is behind the curtain deciding the fate of the BEST Local Blogger in Sacramento? Did they even have a computer without AOL’s dial up service on it?

Then…I remembered that I almost nominated myself for this A-List last year…because you could write in a vote or something.

This is the point where a light descends from the heavens…

There was no special committee scouring the internet for the best bloggers in Sacramento. It’s all self promotion! Hooray!

A huge weight was lifted off my soul. I knew people didn’t hate me as much as the last guy I dated. They just didn’t know I was out there. So, I A-Listed myself.

And like all people running for office, I would appreciate your vote.  And of course, you have to register to do it…

>Grubwithus? Why not?

>You know how they say you should do something that scares you every day? Well, in an effort to break out of my comfort zone and talk to random strangers, I signed up for a Grubwithus meal.

What is Grubwithus? As far as I can tell, it’s a social media site that allows people to have fixed price meals at restaurants. You have to get a minimum number of people to go before the restaurant & menu is revealed. Members of the site set up the meals. You pick the date and time, invite people and then Grubwithus sets the restaurant.

OK, I knew a few of the people who signed up for the meal, but the purpose behind it was to meet new and interesting people. It’s kind of a fun idea. I always want to meet people in real life, but I don’t want to have to set up an entire event. Plus, the pricing of the meals seems fairly reasonable. Also, the sooner you commit to a meal, the cheaper your price.

There is still room and time to sign up for next week’s meal at the Porch. I’m kind of excited because I’ve heard good things about that restaurant and have been wanting to try it.

Don’t be afraid! Do something nice for yourself. Was that too sales-y? Sorry. I’ve been working too much lately. I’ve got pitchman on the brain. That just might be a real psychological state…HerbTarlek-itis