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IF YOU COULD PICK ONE SO­CIAL ME­DIA AP­PLI­CA­TION TO USE FOR A LIFE­TIME, WHICH WILL IT BE?

It would be In­sta­gram be­cause it’s an easy ap­pli­ca­tion to use and I can up­date all of my in­ter­est­ing day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties (vis­ually) with­out much edit­ing. In­sta­gram users are also more re­lat­able be­cause they are young and hip in gen­eral.

Same with me. I love In­sta­gram be­cause it’s sim­i­lar to this so­cial video shar­ing ap­pli­ca­tion called Vines. It’s ac­tus­tarted ally how I got with so­cial me­dia and where I met Luqman too. When In­sta­gram in­tro­duced its square video fea­ture, ev­ery­one just shifted from other ap­pli­ca­tions be­cause it has ev­ery­thing. I mean, who doesn’t love an app with mul­ti­ple so­cial me­dia func­tions?

IN­FLU­ENCERS ARE OF­TEN VIEWED WITH CER­TAIN PREJ­U­DICE, HOW DO YOU

HOPE TO CHANGE THAT?

By mak­ing it known that we are brand strate­gists/ con­tent creators — at least that’s what I per­son­ally am try­ing to show­case to my fol­low­ers. Why shouldn’t the pub­lic — who is al­ready dig­i­tally in­clined — take us more se­ri­ously? For me, sup­port does not nec­es­sar­ily have to come in mon­e­tary for­mat. Hav­ing peo­ple sim­ply ap­pre­ci­at­ing our so­cial me­dia ef­forts is enough.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER CHAL­LENGES THAT YOU CAN IDEN­TIFY WHILE MAK­ING A NAME THROUGH SO­CIAL ME­DIA?

Apart from con­vinc­ing scep­tics about our po­ten­tial, putting out con­tent that can res­onate well with our au­di­ence is a chal­lenge on its own. In this line of so­cial me­dia, crit­i­cism comes from ev­ery di­rec­tion re­gard­less if what you are do­ing is good or bad. You will find it hard to nav­i­gate around if your mind and emo­tions are weak.

You have to be thick-skinned if you want to be suc­cess­ful on so­cial me­dia be­cause there will al­ways be haters. Peo­ple not only need time to un­der­stand where you are com­ing from, but also to get used with the tricks and trade of dig­i­tal me­dia.

HOW OF­TEN DO YOU BOTH UP­LOAD VIDEOS AND WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

We try our best to put out at least one video a week. When it comes to ideas, ev­ery­thing is ran­dom. I don’t re­ally think or strate­gise that much on the kind of videos I want to put out.

Based on ex­pe­ri­ence, the most well­re­ceived video ideas are al­ways those that Luqman Podolski (right) and Adib Alexx. are done spon­ta­neously and in a com­i­cal/ light man­ner.

DO YOU EVER MISS THE SIM­PLE

LIFE — BACK WHEN SO­CIAL ME­DIA WASN’T BOOM­ING AND WHEN

HAV­ING FOL­LOW­ERS WEREN’T A THING YET?

All the time. We do miss it but to dis­re­gard the life that we have now — although we are still young and still learn­ing — would mean that we are be­ing un­grate­ful with the sup­port that we get from those that brought us to where we are to­day.

How­ever, we do need that bal­ance be­tween the real world and vir­tual real­ity. The best way to take a breather is by chill­ing with our friends, if not each other, out­side so­cial me­dia.

ARE YOU ALSO CLOSE WITH OTHER SO­CIAL ME­DIA PER­SON­AL­I­TIES APART FROM EACH OTHER?

Not re­ally. We don’t re­ally hang out with other in­flu­encers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s im­por­tant to main­tain good re­la­tions with our peers but we value our pri­vacy. I think it also grants us the right to think and cre­ate on our own as well.

MOV­ING FUR­THER INTO THE DIG­I­TAL REALM, WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP?

On so­cial me­dia, both of us ac­tu­ally ex­ist as sep­a­rate en­ti­ties. It’s just that you al­ways see us col­lab­o­rat­ing in videos. I guess that is why peo­tend ple to think we are a duo.

We are prob­a­bly go­ing to ven­ture into cre­at­ing a YouTube chan­nel to­gether — some­thing like Jin­ny­boyTV maybe — but more cu­rated and fo­cused as a Malay medium.

We will still prob­a­bly do ran­dom come­dies. Other than that, there are def­i­nitely big plans com­ing our way but right now, we are not catch­ing any dead­lines just yet. We’re just liv­ing in the mo­ment and en­joy­ing it as we go along.

HOW HAS TECH­NOL­OGY CHANGED THE WORLD?

It has made com­mu­ni­camore tion seam­less and fast. The phrase hav­ing the world at your fin­ger­tips is al­ready start­ing to feel like an un­der­state­ment with the amount of in­for­ma­tion and in­no­va­tion the dig­i­tal age is bring­ing.

How­ever the down­side is that peo­ple are not yet smart enough to bal­ance their dig­i­tal habits. Iron­i­cally it has made us feel more dis­con­nected (emo­tion­ally) with each in the real world — peo­ple to­day are too de­pen­dent on their smart­phones to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions.

Hav­ing peo­ple sim­ply ap­pre­ci­at­ing our so­cial me­dia ef­forts is enough.

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