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Social Media Rules of Engagement Part 2: Stop Posting Concert Videos on Your Story

As I’ve already discussed in Part 1, the uselessness of Snapchat stories (and Snapchat as a whole), should let you know that I’m referring to your Instagram. If you’re posting stories of anything, concert or otherwise on Snapchat, knock yourself out. Nobody’s watching. But as for Instagram, you get one. If it’s a band you really like, you can take a video during your favorite song of theirs. You can share a clip of the audience, or of the band entering the stage. Give us something we can’t immediately access via Spotify. But seven straight videos of the same song? Delete your account.

Look, let’s be straightforward. Instagram is about showing off your life, it’s about sharing the highlight reel. Even people who try to post about “Instagram vs Reality” or give an inside view to their “behind-the-scenes” life not being as cool as they make it look online do so in a way to just flex from a different angle. Therefore, if you have awesome seats at a popular concert, feel free to let us know. We still don’t like it, and it certainly won’t make us like you, but I understand why you need to do it. You need us to know. But you can accomplish that in one post. If you’re not sure the song is popular enough to be recognized, toss a caption in there, even tag the Arena you’re in. We get the idea, trust me.

At this point, everyone has either Spotify or Apple Music. If you don’t, well, that’s another offence of yours we can delve into another time. But everyone else does, and the beauty of those apps is that we can listen to whatever music we want to, whenever we want to. Isn’t that nice? “But it’s not the same as being there live,” you maintain, attempting to justify your actions. And you’re right, but neither is watching your clip of it live. Another app we all have? Youtube. And that allows us to watch concerts live.

Lastly, we might like the concert you’re sharing, or the band that’s performing. Perhaps we’ve listened to their latest album, and we even considered getting tickets to the same event. If that’s the case, we’ll probably enjoy your story, right? Wrong. We enjoy the band, their music, and the energy they have while performing. That’s a far cry from a shaky selfie camera bobbling past an upper deck glimpse of the lead singer on its way to you and your two annoying friends singing along in the squeakiest off-key manner. And no, commenting in the caption on how terrible all your voices are doesn’t make it any better; we could tell. So let’s keep it professional from now on; one story to let us know how cool your life is, and then put your phone in your pocket and enjoy the show. They might even sing that song you think is so relatable to your seemingly unique situation because you’re so self-absorbed you always think things are about you.

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