Vero: True Social - What’ The Hype?

Update: This post was written before issues regarding one of it's co-founders and CEO came to my attention. This post will get a follow-up article soon.

Not another one.

That's usually what comes to mind whenever a new social app pops up. Don't get me wrong - I applaud people/start ups with a vision to 'create something you haven't experienced before', but often, they run on the same pattern as other, already-established apps.

 When Vero popped up on my Facebook newsfeed some few months ago, I didn't give it much thought. Then it appeared again yesterday, and I caved in. You see, in a group of influencers, you can only ignore something for so long until you're hit on the face with the "YOU'RE AN INFLUENCER SO QUIT AVOIDING THIS" card. So, I gave it a go.

Before I fully committed, I went to their website to know more. 

Vero makes sharing the things you love simple, so it's easier to see what you want and discover new things. With no ads & no algorithms, Vero gives you control on who sees your posts.

What does Vero offer?

One of the main features I totally dig is the ability for us to choose how private a post can be, just by choosing what level to categorize a post under. 
Vero gives you a choice to categorize someone as a connection (close friend, friend, or acquaintance) or a follower. 

Vero also allows you to choose from one of their post types: photo, link, music, movie/tv, book, or place. Recommending movies or books on the same platform you post selfies or personal milestones on used to be stretched across multiple accounts, but Vero turned things around and showed it was possible to use just one account.

Vero also has a separate place within the app where you can buy things from music to clothing, but that's just based on what I've seen so far.

Vero's Manifesto

Each paragraph speaks truth, and this made me want to jump on-board even more. When a company stands by the same standards and principles as you, you don't think twice about working with them (although this is not a sponsored post).

Here's an excerpt from their manifesto:


Read the whole thing (it's pretty short, don't worry) and you'll understand why I am 100% on-board with helping them achieve more with Vero. 

Early Stages 

According to their website, sign up is FREE for the first 1 million users. Of course, I'm not privy to what happens once they reach that stage. Right now, their servers are slowing down due to the volume of new users, and according to their Twitter page, they're working hard to scale up and get service back. 

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All I'm trying to say here is that maybe we should give Vero the chance and see how they can make social life on the internet better. We've been connected but distant for way too long now, and it's time to bring people closer together, regardless of distance. 
Have you tried Vero? If you have, see you there (@Olivia Marie Penero). :) Let's connect!

Listed: 5 Youtubers I Can’t Get Enough Of

Youtube is a great place to watch videos on everything. Gaming, cooking, self-improvement, math, whatever - it's a rich place to explore and spend hours in. Well, while watching a Pewdiepie video earlier today, I suddenly remembered a post I wrote last November 2013 called "Listed: My Top 5 YouTube Gamers". That got me thinking about logging in my current favorites - not necessarily Let's Players anymore - and why I still watch them.

He was 1 on my previous list, and he still is. He has transformed a lot. From the first time I watched him, Felix has done a lot of things, said a lot of things that affected his channel - both good and bad. I won't go into details, but what happened last 2017 transformed his content for the better. While I miss his old videos, I love how varied his content is right now, and he's become even more genuine and open. 

He's also given his subscribers more time to shine by creating a subreddit for submissions to contests he announces on his channel. His audience is very diverse, contrary to what most people think that his views are mostly from 12-year-old babies.

His sarcasm is gold, his ideas and views on certain issues are actually sensible, and he seems like an awesome person overall.

SUCH. A. QUEEN. I don't remember when I first saw his video, but when I did, I knew I wanted to subscribe. At the time, Shane was one of the most raw, honest, genuine people I've come across online, and his humor was and is infectious. His content seemed varied at first, but through the years, he's come to be more colorful and surprising in terms of presenting videos and his ideas. 

His channel covers a lot of varied content, from food reviews to conspiracies, to vlogs, to music videos - every video that comes out has such charm and character that once you get used to his humor, you'll want to NEVER miss one. I look forward to his uploads everyday and depending on how early I wake up, I watch his and PewDiePie's new upload during breakfast or during lunch break at work.

Shane has become a part of my day and it always makes me feel happy to see him doing what he loves and that helps me destress throughout the day. I feel a real connection to him as a person and I love that he's just so genuine.

I'll be honest - the only reason I found her channel was through her boyfriend Felix, a.k.a. PewDiePie. At first, I was pretty annoyed by her voice because I wasn't sure if that was real or she was making it extra cute, but the more I watched, the more I realized she wasn't faking it. Now, Marzia's channel has become my go-to for relaxing videos that speak to me on such a feminine level.

Recently, her videos have really gotten formed, with cute doodles, lovely, lovely video editing, cute shots, light, feathery feels... I am obsessed. I'm just so in-love with the aesthetics of everything she does! Regardless of whether her video is about completing errands, creating crafts for Edgar and Maya (their adorable pugs), cooking meals for herself and Felix, or just heading to the beach, every video is super calming.

Marzia also has her own blog and product line, which are also extensions of her aesthetics. I've wanted to subscribe to her monthly subscription box for the longest time, but it's still not available for shipping to the Philippines. Sad life.

This guy. Up until half of last year, I had only ever watched female beauty gurus just because I wasn't sure how I'd become attracted to follow a routine from a man. When I discovered Jeffree Star (I don't know how that happened but thank you God), I felt so happy. I can relate with him on so many levels, and I am just so amazed by what he's accomplished. 

I never thought I'd be taking tips on makeup from a guy (sorry for my stereotype, but that's in the past), but this guy right here is better at makeup than most girls I know. I trust his reviews, and his frankness towards brands just makes you trust him more. I also love how he shares his life with Nate (le boyfriend), his friendship with Manny MUA (another awesome Youtuber), and just life in general.

Not a lot of people buy boujie makeup products just to review them, and that's one of the things I like about jeffree's channel. He tries a lot of items from each end of the spectrum and it just stretches his knowledge and experience on how makeup should feel. He also has his own makeup line so that definitely helps establish his clout in the beauty community.

I saw one of his videos on Facebook around November (I think), and it was about the biggest grammar fails his fans saw on Facebook that were sent to him. I couldn't stop laughing! Aside from the content being super funny and *ehemm* stupid, his reactions always does it for me. From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder - his fans send him screens of the fails and he reacts to them.

While this type of video isn't new (there are a LOT of react videos on the tube), his reaction and the content he chooses to react to offers something more. When he isn't posting reactions, he's posting vlogs and just recently, a cooking video which he filmed in six hours. As expected, it failed, but that's how you know you're in on the community, you know? It's not a surprise, but it's not bad either. 

If I had to choose just one reason for subscribing, it would be the fact that we are irked by the same thing - wrong grammar/spelling. With Google readily available, your errors shouldn't be there at all. Look the word up before posting and go from there.

That concludes this list of Youtubers that I am currently watching and can't live without. There are quite a few more (which I will reserve for another post), but these were the creators that immediately came to my head when I started the topic. They're all very nice people with various content, so please check them out if you haven't already and subscribe if you like their videos.

I'd love to know which Youtubers you watch daily! Recommend me some down in the comments, okay? :) 

It's February.

cannot with life right now.

It's already February... and my life is already so hectic that I can't fully grasp the happenings of the past month. Not that I'm complaining. I mean, I asked for this, right? I wanted something exciting and refreshing, right? Life, right? 

To give you a brief explanation, I started a new career path immediately after the New Year. I used to only manage socials, design posters, take care of internships and communications, and manage client websites. When January stepped in, I immediately had to take the role of UI/UX Designer for a new entity under NUECA (my previous-and-still company). I suddenly had tight deadlines, high expectations, and little to no sleep, 48-hour days. 

I'm excited with everything, and like I said, I'm not complaining. This is new ground for me, and I'm challenged enough to stay on my toes and try to get over my drowsiness during meetings with clients I have to design for. 

I. Just. Need. A. Bit. Of. Rest.

A small down time if you will. I need to reset my health so I can continue doing 48-hour days in the long run. Since our boss is very output-based and has high expectations from everyone on her team, I want to perform above and beyond. I want to impress and destress my boss. I want her to believe in her team. In short, I want to deliver everything before the deadline (if possible). 

Just yesterday, we left at 5am from Shaw Blvd. to go to Urdaneta, Pangasinan for a meeting at 10am. That was the first time my eyes couldn't adjust and was constantly hurting throughout the day. Seriously. I have never had that experience where my eyes actually hurt whenever I blinked or stayed open. We arrived home at around 8pm on the same day, and let me tell you, I was feeling terrible. I just wanted to go to Starbucks and get something bitter that night, so I pushed through.

Le sigh. 

Sorry if this post is such a mess, but I missed blogging and I wanted to do something familiar for a change. I hope to blog more this month, but I'm not making any promises to myself, especially now that I have no control over my schedule (weekends are a myth now). I've even had to decline a trip to Baguio because my schedules are conflicting, haha! 

Le sigh (again).

So ends my little update. No one might read this (or half-way even), but I feel like I need to mark the first of February somehow.

Hope your January was amazing! Cheers to an even better February.
xoxo, V.