Most people's fascination with social media these days is the instant gratification that can come with it. Whether you post an image on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, a minute or two later your phone will receive a notification informing you of a buddy or two who liked it.
And while sharing images is fun and all, for the most part, they rarely reach beyond the parameters of your circle of friends and acquaintances who tend to be subjective, giving you a "like" out of generosity.
Now it's time to earn those likes.
Today, I'll show you an application from Deep Sea Marketing called Plague, a photo and video sharing app that can potentially make your images go viral, spreading like a plague to strangers near you and overseas.
What makes Plague intriguing is its objectiveness and focus on content. There is no following or friending other users with Plague. Your image or video only spreads if others like it, which then spreads to more people near them, and so forth.
Once you install Plague and get signed up, it's quite simple to use. The main page of the app is where shared images from others will be displayed. If you like it, swipe up; if not, swipe down. You can also tap on an image to read comments or leave one of your own.
To share an image of your own, tap the draft icon on the top right of the main page. You can submit a basic text post or upload your own image which will initially be shared with four other Plague users. Images you upload will last for seven days.
Part of the excitement with Plague is the ability to track and view the progression of your potentially-viral image. By selecting a post, you can view analytics like public reactions, infection map, total views, and dynamics of the views.
I've had a great time with this app. The community seems fun and reminds me a lot of Reddit. On the downside, if your post isn't all that interesting, you'll definitely be disappointed when you look at its progress. But as they say, "failure is the key to success."