Twitter vs Instagram… Affordances

During the ‘era of electronic exchange,’ Social Media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter have become instrumental in the shaping of social interactions. Various platforms assume different affordances – the possibilities that they offer for action and usage. While a singular celebrity, Chrissy Teigen, may exist on a multitude of social networks her presence/voice can differ to the extent of presenting two different personas; essentially fragmentation of the self.

Instagram is commonly used as a window into the lives of its users. Captioned photos present a constructed reality that is often idealistic. Chrissy Teigen, like many other celebrities, uses her Instagram as a form of self-promotion… uploading photos of her family, travel or work related images. Thus, she offers her fans a glamorised and materialistic glimpse into her personal life.

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Twitter, on the other hand, has a different and more functional affordance. Chrissy Teigen is a prototypical example. She frequently interacts with other users, ‘tweets’ existential/comedic thoughts and assumes a political stance. Teigan has recently been in the media for her publicised opinions on POTUS Donald Trump…. the significance of an individual ‘tweet’ is illustrated below where the President acknowledged her opinion and consequently blocked her…

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The two aforementioned sites; each display the concept of technicism whereby they have features specific to themselves. Instagram is commonly utilised for self-promotion compared to Twitter, offering opinions and voicing a political standpoint… as is displayed by Chrissy Teigen’s usage, demonstrated above. Therefore, I believe these sites allow us to alter the way in which we present ourselves socially.





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