- What Makes A Must-Have Christmas Toy? This was the title and topic of last Thursday’s “Stuff You Should Know” podcast.
One thing I learned during this highly entertaining and nostalgic episode was the existence of WishbookWeb.com. “The vintage Christmas catalog archive… Wishbookweb.com launched in 2006, with the initial scanning project having started a year earlier in 2005. From the outset, the goal of the WishbookWeb project has been to archive, preserve, and share the wonderful holiday gift catalogs of the past – making them freely-available to anyone with a web browser.”
The archive ranges from 1942-1996. I was born in 1980 so naturally I spent some time beholding the 1985-1992 catalogs, prime years for my catalog wishlist shopping days. Before the internet and smart phones and tablets, kids would sit down with these catalogs and a marker, circling items of interest for their parents to keep in mind.
During my trip down memory lane I was reminded how much simpler life was just 30-some years ago. Books, walkie-talkies, roller skates, tents (so many tents), and boom boxes. I was mostly looking at the toys but the fashion pages are definitely something to behold as well.
Everything in these catalogs were “must-haves” at the time. Very few turned out to be timeless but here’s to you Nintendo and Star Wars. You’ve done well.
- Are you familiar with the name Adam Mosseri? I wasn’t but last week I learned that he is the head of the must-have app loved by millions, Instagram. His name came on my radar when I came upon an article in LinkedIn about Instagram toying with the idea of removing “likes”.
“Today a small portion of people on Instagram worldwide will no longer be able to see the number of likes other people’s photos get. Our hope is to better understand how this idea changes how people feel about using our platform, particularly young people.”
They want followers to focus on what you are sharing rather than how many likes the post gets. Only you would be able to see the total number of likes on your posts.
After reading some of the responses, it was very clear that this idea is NOT what the people want. Basically, the majority of the feedback was “If you change this platform, we will quit you.”
Coincidentally, I had also recently learned about a thing called virtue signaling and public likes on Instagram are loosely tied to that. Virtue Signaling is the sharing of one’s point-of-view on a social or political issue, often on social media, in order to gain praise or acknowledgment of one’s righteousness from others who share that point of view. The term has negative connotations as it is commonly used to denote virtuous actions and statements are primarily motivated by a desire for social status and self-satisfaction.
I think it’s safe to say that visible likes are a Must-Have for the majority of Instagram users.
- Lastly, among my own personal list of timeless Must-Have’s in life, Kristen Bell (aka Dax Shepard’s wife) is among them. Well, K Bell and Dax are both are must-have’s for me but I digress.
Last Tuesday while (ironically) perusing my Instagram feed, I saw a post by Monica Padman (Dax’s co-host of Armchair Expert podcast) boasting that Kristen had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! If you haven’t taken the time to watch/listen to her speech because you’re over all the Frozen hype, let it go 🤓 I won’t give any spoilers, but it was clever, witty, and exactly perfect in every possible way.