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Do You Really Want to see my Double Chin??

May 7, 2013


As you may know from my blog, I’m a sucker for shiny new tools, so when I was waiting to meet someone for a coffee / business meeting today in Norwich I tried out Vsnap – a new way to tweet a video message to someone.

Unlike Vine – which gives you 6 seconds, Vsnap gives you 60 seconds to record a message.

I wanted to say thank you to a new Twitter follower who kindly tweeted details of my book.

I haven’t had time to look at Vsnap in depth so I just dived in and recorded a video. It took me 20 minutes to try to log in and I ended up setting up another account as I couldn’t remember if I had already set one up or not. A bit fiddly on the iphone when you’re out in the street. Most people, of course would do the sensible thing and set it up from their desk.

It will be much quicker next time I want to use it.

Once set up, I had to find somewhere to record the video where it wouldn’t be too embarrassing. I picked a corner of the square outside the Forum in Norwich (UK) and started to record. I didn’t realise I was standing next to a window display that was obviously interesting to certain people, who kept peering over my shoulder whilst I was videoing.

It is a little embarrassing talking into your phone to record a video but a few attempts later, the video was recorded and sent in a tweet. Because it was on the iphone and it was a sunny day, I couldn’t really see it properly on my screen but sent it anyway.

As most videos do, it  caught the most unglamorous, slightly skewed look as the static image for the video.

I certainly hate looking at my photo and at one point would never have bandied it about, but as a small business owner, it is part of our brand. People recognise us, so I shut my eyes, cross my fingers and add my photo everywhere.

On getting back to my desk, I watched the video again with trepidation, peeking through my hands as I watched  a double chin wobbling around as I talked  (must hold phone up higher when recording) and my eyes wandering all over the place as I got distracted by things going on in the square (not very trust-inspiring), but at least I gave it a go.

Next time I will record from my desk or in the peace of the garden.

I think this is a great concept – a fantastic way to connect with people on Twitter, although of course it could backfire if they take one look and hate you at first sight.

It also means that I have to pick a day when I’m looking fairly presentable rather than lounging around in my comfy clothes working from home. I don’t know why, but the minute I get home from meetings, I get changed into my old clothes. I work better when I’m comfortable with what I am wearing. (An interesting question for those who don’t like people dressing down in the office)

It has certainly raised interesting questions of fairness for recruiters when people include photos in their LinkedIn profile or on CVs.

What do you think of the rise of video and photos in social media? Is it a good thing to see what someone looks like – double chins and all – or is it better left to the imagination?

By: Sara Greenfield

Bright Yellow Marketing

Author of  How to Tweet Your Book.

First published May 2013

From → Social Media

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