How Can Spatial Organization Change the Game of Social Media?
Ultimately, when push comes to shove, it all comes down to how our brains retain and recall information. How we learn is just as important as what we learn.
What Is Spatial Organization?
Spatial organization is a way of organizing the 3D world according to WHERE, not what, when or how. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that humans are more likely to retain and recall information based on where it’s spatially located. At its core, this takes into account human centered design thinking and how we can all leverage spatial design to promote continuous learning.
Life doesn’t happen in 2D, so why are we basing all of our social interactions, digital libraries, and overall life experiences within the constraints of a two dimensional world?
How Social Media Organizes Content
Most social platforms organize content in the same way, just with different labels and prettier branding.
- Pinterest uses “Boards” to help categorize and tag images, videos, and articles.
- Facebook allows us to store images in photo albums, and share and reengage with past content via “Memories.”
- Twitter utilizes hashtags to help aggregate similar content and stir conversation.
- Instagram also uses hashtags to tag content and follow social trends. It may not have “Memories” like Facebook, but #TBT does something quite similar at a larger scale.
But the real question is, are we really embracing the content we see, or are we just taking in information just to throw it out a few minutes later?
Using Social Media As A Learning Tool
Let’s remember why social media platforms were created in the first place. At their core, they serve as a tool for collaboration, sharing, and advertising opportunities. But let’s face it, nowadays they’re leaning more towards advertising than ever!
Sell, sell, sell! Listen to your private conversations, THEN sell, sell, sell!
For the most part, these are the pillars that guide all social media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Platforms designed for short snippets of content don’t deserve the roughly 2-3 hours that the average person spends on social media per day.
So, to use or not to use social media as a learning tool – For the short term? Sure. Long term? Pass.
Combining Spatial Organization and Social Media
Here’s a wild idea, let’s combine the best way we can learn with one of the most common tools in society today! That’s exactly what Saganworks is developing. By providing an alternative 3D platform that works to store all your content, from photos and videos to documents and music, you’re able to enhance your ability to retain and recall information.
You won’t have to sift through the years upon years of Facebook albums just to find the photo of you and your mom on that one cruise from 2011, or have a rude awakening with your Facebook “Memories” reminds you of your first heartbreak and the petty sad music quotes that soon followed.
Instead, you can create a 3D space that utilizes spatial organization, so you’ll always know where your content is and how you can leverage it for years to come.
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