The New Social Media, All About Images, Less About The Search

I’ve noticed that instead of sharing a concise and searchable 140 character message, people have taken to sharing an image of a person with a longer quote on it.  Is this how social media works now?
Its a trend that’s taken off because both Twitter and Facebook have made the process of embedding and displaying images in their respective timelines much easier.
For example:

I planned to post this observation a couple of weeks ago, but then the Charlie Hebdo massacre happened and I didn’t want to appear frivolous.  But at least a few more examples manifested themselves.

Scott Berkun called out the point… ironically in a text image of his own.

But ho ho ho, I’d already got there first.

Which of course got loads of re-tweets, because the Internet does like a bit of meta.

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