Ephemerality and Private Messaging Create Catalyst for Friends to Get Together Offline
MADISON, WI — (Feb 19, 2014) — Nextt (www.getnextt.com), a private network for close friends to connect so they can do more together, today announced a new “self-destruct” feature that adds some often-needed urgency to social plans that can’t quite seem to get off the ground. The app, available on mobile web, the Apple App Store and now Android, simplifies the task of socially organizing friends with a set of features that make it easy to turn “we should” conversations into actual offline plans.
-Lane Wood, The Curse of the Connector
-Timothy Clayton, “The Social Media Exchange”
Ever caught yourself reading email at the dinner table? Checking Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning? Or uploading an experience to Instagram before it’s even finished happening? As one new father admitted, “I’ve spent more time reading my Twitter timeline than I’ve spent reading to my son.” Something’s gotta give.
And so there’s been a lot of buzz about “going off the grid” to find balance, when in reality, it’s damn near impossible to unplug. As technology becomes integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, there isn’t much of an “offline” world anymore—there is only the degree to which we’re plugged in at any moment in time. While we can still get offline for an hour or two, unplugging completely isn’t really an option, and quitting social media isn’t the answer.
We don’t need to unplug. We need to plug in better.
Plan a holiday get-together on Nextt for a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards just for doing more offline with the people who matter.
Winter is officially here! Are you as excited as we are for all the eggnog, gingerbread houses, ski trips, sledding, and homemade hot chocolate? To help make sure you get the most out of Nextt this winter, we put together our very first Winter Bucket List of fun things to do with friends this season!