I recently downloaded a free app li.st and it immediately became my favorite new form of social media. Li.st is a community of individuals who write and share lists. Content is often funny, sometimes potent and emotional (a lot of lists about how to get through serious illness or loss), and sometimes just plain helpful. If you really connect or want to utilize tips later, you can “save” lists that you’ve viewed for later. Among my saved titles are “Advice for a First Time Standup Comic,” a list begun by co-Founder of the app B.J. Novak (The Office) and added to by others, “Women Filmmakers I Am Very Into,” and “Finding The Best Ice Cream In NYC.” Below is a brief list of reasons why this app is the best use of your social media time.
- General Positive Energy: Most of the inter-personal interaction on the app takes place in the comments section of the lists. The comments here are nothing like the disgusting vitriol spewed by the ignorant, hateful masses on Facebook or Youtube. Somehow, this community is just kind. It’s so damn refreshing.
- Learning Opportunities: Seriously, a lot of these lists can be really helpful. That “Advice for a First Time Standup Comic” list had so many tips that I NEVER would’ve thought of. No matter your passion, there are lists that can inform you on it written by people who know.
- Brain Dump: This community is all about using your brain. It’s about ideas and opinions and jokes and stream of consciousness rambles. I love everything about that.
- If You Build It: The Li.st community makes it a point to embrace new members, which is cool! It may seem daunting at first, but if you write lists and “like” and comment on the lists of others, you will gain followers. I’ve been on the app for only a week and already have 16, none of whom I know personally. It’s a cool feeling to have your brain and sense of humor appreciated by strangers.
I could say much more, but I’m going to leave it at that for now. And f you decide to get the app, even if you’re just getting it to read the lists of others and not bother with your own, you can find me @KaylaMartine.
Have a great weekend!