Genuine Thoughts & Original Posts VS Reposts & Retweets

Have you ever scrolled through Facebook or Twitter and saw the same post reposted or retweeted “x” amount of times? Or you look through a popular hashtag on Instagram and the top 100 posts are the same photo or video? Reposting on social media platforms started out as a way for you to share interesting content with your friends, however it has become a tool for fake news and damaging topics to spread like wildfire through your feed.

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Have you ever scrolled through Facebook or Twitter and saw the same post reposted or retweeted “x” amount of times? Or you look through a popular hashtag on Instagram and the top 100 posts are the same photo or video? Reposting on social media platforms started out as a way for you to share interesting content with your friends, however it has become a tool for fake news and damaging topics to spread like wildfire through your feed.

Reposting an article or retweeting someone else’s words doesn’t take much thought. You click the button, and it’s immediately shared with all of your friends and followers. However, that is what makes this tool problematic at times. It’s too easy to share things without thinking. When you make your own post, you are putting thought into what you’re putting out onto the internet.

Not only is it an issue for the spread of fake news, but it makes platforms feel much less genuine. Everything you see is from someone else that’s been shared millions of times. People have even started noticing bots, especially on Twitter and Facebook, whose job it is to repost and retweet certain content. In the first quarter of 2019, Facebook took down 2.2 billion fake accounts.

Vlogmi’s platform is built to share real life original and authentic content and not for reposts. All posts on Vlogmi must be taken from our in-app camera, ensuring that all content is authentic and genuine. If you are planning on posting something, you can’t just mindlessly repost content you see on the app. If you are tagged in a post or using the Collab feature, you can repost it to your account, but that’s about the extent of reposting on Vlogmi. This makes our platform have a much more original feel to it. There are still many ways to share content that you enjoy with friends, you can direct message your friend or group chat a post you saw. You can add posts and videos to personal compilations (think Vine compilations on YouTube, but directly inside of our app), and you can also share things outside of the app. If you find a video on Vlogmi you enjoy, you can share it to your friends on Facebook or Twitter, but content from outside of Vlogmi can’t be shared inside of the app.

Getting rid of reposting content will make a big difference in the way we consume content, and hopefully bring more awareness to the issues of mindlessly sharing.

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