20 Jun Experience Media, the Next Generation of Social
Are you for or against social media? It can be a fun question to ask at a party, much like, what do you think of Trump? It is a question that can come back at you with very heated opinions. For most people, their opinion on social media isn’t generally quite a simple yes or no, good or bad. Mine is no different.
I can see why people like social media. You can share your thoughts, opinions, and photos with people you are “friends” with. But notice I put the word friends in quotations, as in “are they all really friends?” How many of these “friends” have you actually spoken with in the last year, let alone spent time doing something with? Yes, spoken, as in you are in the same room and look each other in the eyes and speak words between you. There’s that elementary school chum that recently found you after 25 years, but they live on the other side of the country. There’s also your workmate that you see in the office every day, but you rarely talk to them. And then there are those “friends” that you haven’t actually even met. Yes, there is your best friend’s neighbour’s cousin who liked a photo you posted (he only saw it because of the sharing rules which are too complex for most to understand). Unfortunately, now you also have to endure seeing photos of his dog dressed up like Santa and Princess Leia.
Social Media was created to connect and reconnect people, and to share content in a one-to-many way. There is no arguing that it does that really well. There is also no arguing there can be value in that. What it doesn’t do well, though, is foster real relationships. That only comes from spending quality time with others, sharing experiences and creating memories together. It’s being able to say to someone “that restaurant was fabulous – we have to go back” or “I can still see that look on your face when you saw that barracuda…so funny,” and not just looking to see how many likes you got or thinking that your life isn’t as great as someone else’s because they just went somewhere fantastic and you didn’t.
Let’s think about the times in our lives that we have been the happiest? I know mine have been when I was doing something somewhere with someone I cared about. I think most people will say at the end of their lives that they wished they had spent more time with their nearest and dearest doing things they enjoyed. It won’t be, “I wish I had spent more time posting about it and got more likes.”
Sharing your photos and thoughts is great if it is with the people you actually shared the experiences with. Those are the people that really care, and they care because they were there with you. They can relate. It means something to them. Not to take away from your nearest and dearest that couldn’t be there but still would like to see some of your photos. They are important too. But I would guess they want to see the content in the context of the actual experience and not just a flat posting. It is this belief, and the belief that our time here on this earth is precious, that got me thinking about how to best organize my own time.
Every experience we have has three common elements: where we are, what we are doing, and with whom we are doing it. You could be on a hike with your partner in the Himalayas, alone on a spiritual retreat in Sedona, or hosting your child’s baseball team’s year-end barbecue in your backyard. I call these three things The Triad of Soulful Living. It is the who, what, and where of personal experience, and is what makes experiences different each time and what makes them unique to you. The great thing is that they can be whatever you want them to be. The important thing is that they are yours and you make them something worth remembering. In order to do that properly, they require planning and execution. Wrap all that up in a single solution and you have Experience Media.
Journey Lane is an Experience Media platform. It was built for people that love to live life fully. It helps its users plan, invite, collaborate, share and remember event and vacation experiences. It also helps to organize.
For the “with whom” part of it – solo, a few individuals, or a complex organized group which you can create and manage yourself.
For the “where” part of it – simply anywhere. The where could be a business or physical address (we are integrated with Google Places). It could be a custom Property which you create and manage (for example your house, cottage, or Caribbean villa). It could also be a custom field entry such as Lisa’s motorhome in a parking lot at the beach.
For the “what” part of it – just like with where, anything. Is could be a Journey, what we like to think of as a vacation, sojourn, or getaway. It could be an Event, which could be a single calendar-entry event such as a party or graduation, or it could be a multi-calendar-entry Event such as a wedding with a rehearsal, ceremony, reception, etc. And to make those complex Events even more complex, sometimes not everybody is invited to all parts of it. Not a problem. Flexibility reigns supreme in Journey Lane. Add your own flight that nobody but you can see. Activities, Cruises, Transportation, Accommodations, and Food & Drink round out the list of things you can add.
You see, Journey Lane is uniquely built around the calendar, a multi-dimensional calendar to be specific. Calendar Entries – the things you do – can be standalone, which is good if you don’t want to see all the organizational details (dashboard, albums, communication channels, etc.). Calendar Entries can also sit inside Experiences – either Journey or Event ones, and that’s where the uber-organization comes in.
Try out Journey Lane for yourself. Sign up at www.journeylane.com. And if you are interested in memorializing your deepest thoughts, you can do that as well in Journey Lane’s Journal!