In my last post I wrote about how my online usage is interest-based. For example I like sandwiches, that’s why I follow certain people on Twitter, follow certain sources on QUOTEfm, like certain things on Facebook, collect certain lists on Foursquare. One important aspect is consumption. I buy things because I am interested in them – because I like them.
Since the service Svpply started my whole consumption started to change. When I see something online which I would like to own, I press the browser plugin and add it to my Svpply account. I can also add it to certain collections – perfectly for gathering gift lists for your beloved one(s). When I look into my Svpply account later I delete stuff I don’t like anymore. And I get back to the things I really would like to have. When I still want them, get feedback from my girlfriend, can afford them, I am about to purchase it.
I use Svpply a lot. And just a few weeks ago they called me member of the week. Which made me proud. We, my girlfriend and I, also use Svpply to send us things we might like. You can suggest items to other users, which is fun.
But I also go to Svpply to look for things. Like I want a new backpack. I go to Svpply and search for it, look through my list, look through lists of people I follow until I find the perfect backpack.
Like the title says I have the feeling it’s more conscious. I deal a longer time with the things I would like to buy, I give them more thoughts, look for feedback, suggestions, etc. And that is an aspect that is not used often enough on Svpply: you can leave comments below the items. And it would be cool to see what people think about the products they own. I just started to.
But there is more. I use tumblr a lot. You probably never saw it but I have a tumblr where I collect nice interior ideas: Visual Inspiration. Before you complain that I don’t add any links or information about the origin of the photos. This is just a collection of things I like, for me and my girlfriend to get inspiration for what we can do with our apartment.
Now we started to add some things like a ladder, an antler or a bunny, sometimes people. We have a working space, coffee, a bar and a view. But we are not done yet. Far from done but I love how it is developing, becoming our home.
The following is partly an answer to Sara (I wrote the rest before). I liked her article until I read the comments.
I am not in Berlin, maybe I am a hipster but I feel really comfortable in my own 4 walls. Maybe that’s the most important thing. I spend a lot of time here, so it better should be beautiful. Is it expensive? Sometimes. Does it make me happy? Yes. I don’t wear Deichman shoes, so why should I sit on an IKEA sofa. You wear your cool old MCM backpacks, I have an old leather suitcase with a hat on top. You wear your funny Mickey Mouse sweater, I can put a fucking old ladder in my living room. What I am saying: you care how you look, I care how my living room looks. I don’t blame you for your “Lavalampe und Laminat”, don’t blame me for my “Stuck und Fischgrätenparkett”.
If you care, you can hide printer, cables and staplers. It is not that hard. If you can’t make it with money, be creative. In any way it should be creative. But like I say above if you are INTERESTED in changing it, there is a way. Or like Jamiroquai said “If I like it, I do it.” If you don’t care, don’t troll around.