A Steller invention

Steller has unexpectedly broadened my social media horizons.

You can use Steller to tell a story of absolutely anything

How many social media platforms are there nowadays? Every few months there seems to be another craze and another form of posting summer travels or your swanky meal in a city restaurant online. There is a risk of the market becoming over saturated, not to mention promoting life through a lens. However, since using an app called Steller, I have changed my attitude to new social channels.

“I realised this is a form of communication that allows to post absolutely anything, that is the beauty of Steller.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the app, I don’t blame you. I’m a Communication and Media student and I only heard of it a few months ago. Steller enables users to tell stories through photos and videos, think Instagram without having to make collages every time you want to upload more than one image. At first it was challenging to think of something new, innovative or witty to post on this shiny new platform. Then I realised this is a form of communication that allows to post absolutely anything. That is the beauty of Steller.

So what would usually be a pretty straightforward dog walk (see below), is turned into a mini narrative that almost reads like a children’s bed time story. It is quite endearing.

Then if you’re handy in the kitchen, you can post preparation for your evening meal and the process of cooking it. Even if you’re not Gordon Ramsey (like me, see below) you can post and receive interaction from other users that like your video.

A challenge I experienced whilst experimenting with the platform was the size limit on content, which can easily be exceeded if you use several videos. My stories in particular would have had more moving imagery had it not been for this issue. Hopefully that’ll be one factor that is resolved when the app truly takes off in the mainstream, which I can only imagine it will.

“Instagram will be safe for a number of years as the platform that stands out in front for the wannabe photographers.”

The aspect of creativity makes Steller standout on its own. The most challenging part of uploading through Instagram is what filter makes the user look the best. With Steller, users compile the images together to take viewers on the journey with them. I might be contradicting myself from my earlier statement about the life through a lens, but Steller promotes art and storytelling. Your media is brought to life by this app. Instagram will be safe for a number of years as the platform that stands out in front for the wannabe photographers. Having said that, it will be interesing to see how Steller develops in the next 5 years.

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