Ephemeral Storytelling With Social Media: Snapchat and Instagram Stories at the Brooklyn Museum

Elena Villaespesa, Sara Wowkowych
2020 Social Media + Society  
The usage of social media in the context of the museum visit continues to grow. This research examined Instagram and Snapchat stories shared by visitors at the Brooklyn Museum via semi-structured interviews and photo-elicitation. The results provide insights into the characteristics of this ephemeral media and the motivations behind these posts. Similar to traditional photography, ephemeral content on social media is often motivated by capturing an artwork found to be aesthetically pleasing,
more » ... umenting a feeling, sharing an experience, or building self-identity. However, the content shared is shaped by the ephemeral aspect that motivates minimal curation and editing. The study results add to the rapidly evolving field of social media within the museum context. Moreover, it advocates for an active role for the museum to have policies and opportunities that respond to these behaviors and learn from the content shared informing interpretation and learning materials.
doi:10.1177/2056305119898776 fatcat:ub7qalwa2rdatpc3f5ic2esvgi