Idle observation: DeviantART does a better job than Behance of optimizing pages for Twitter.
This is what it looks like when you share a DeviantART link on Twitter:
Twitter knows to pull in the image, so that it displays inside your Twitter stream.
This is what it looks like when you share a Behance link on Twitter:
There’s a little image preview, but the majority of the space is taken by the title.
I suspect that Behance does this intentionally to incentivise people to click through and go to the Behance site (much like how Instagram infamously prevents images from displaying on Twitter).
This is disappointing, The introduction of display images inside the tweet stream means that gorgeous images are going to get seen. By hiding the image behind the link, Behance hurts the visibility of the creatives on its platform. As someone who occasionally makes visual things, I now know that if I have the option of choosing between sharing a link to a DeviantART account or a Behance page, I should go with DeviantART.
That said, I guess Behance could argue that by drawing people to the Behance site, it’s pulling people further into an artist’s portfolio…or it could also be that this isn’t intentional at all, and Behance simply hasn’t gotten around to optimizing its pages.
I wonder how Dribble handles shared links on Twitter.
I forgot how to read in college.
I still go through lots of text, sure, but reading has become this sick game where I thoughtlessly skip over as many words in as little time as possible. It’s not reading so much as … gliding over a landscape of symbols and white noise.
It’s gotten to the point where I’ll hit the bottom of a page and realize that I literally can’t remember anything I just read.
So I’m trying to do something about it.
I’m trying to read more intentionally. Trying to actually look at the words in front of me and internalize their meaning.
It’s surprisingly difficult, almost painful, but undeniably satisfying.