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The evolution of my social media usage

There are a lot of social media platforms that exist right now, but there are even more that aren’t around right now.

I remembered about my Myspace randomly while writing my 50th blog and when I logged in, I realized that I had no idea how to use the site anymore.  It wasn’t like I remember Myspace when I used to use it every day.

Yes, there was once a day that I was on Myspace every day writing notes (I think that’s what they’re called) by filling out questionnaires.  As if anyone wanted to read what my favorite movie was.

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It was SUCH a big deal when someone moved you up, or down, in their top 8 and deciding the exact order of my top 8 was such a struggle.

AIM was the first social media platform that I had and I changed my screen name all the time.  I liked a few of them so I’d have the all linked together and use 3 screen names at the same time.  AIM was appealing because I could talk to my friends instantly and I could see when they were replying (iMessage got it right with the dots that show up when someone is replying).  I didn’t need to send pictures or videos, but that was an option too.  The convenience of knowing when your crush signed on and the option of making cool away messages was why I used AIM.

Myspace was next.  I could make the background of my profile glittery pink (my two favorite colors, but you would’ve already known that if you read blog #50) and I could make my profile song be something by Fall Out Boy or Usher.  I could post on my friend’s pages and comment back and forth about random stuff.  PC4PC of course (picture comment for picture comment, duh).

I kind of want to bring back Myspace.  I might do it.

When my friends wanted me to come over to Facebook, I refused.  Some may call me stubborn and I would have to agree.  I didn’t see the point of having a page that I couldn’t customize even if it was easier to add pictures and stay connected with people I know.  People actually used their real names on Facebook but on Myspace they used nicknames.  This online contact book is one of the reasons I’m hesitant to delete people I don’t talk to regularly: Facebook will give me access to them, what they’re up to and their contact information in the future.  I’m also drawn to the fact that Facebook is like an online photo album.  That’s one of the only reasons I use it today.

I joined Snapchat because I’m obsessed with taking pictures and this allows me to do so all day long and send them to people.  It’s great.  Communicating isn’t the easiest because unless you want to send a photo essay to your friend, you can’t easily communicate long thoughts.  I don’t use the chat function of Snapchat and don’t plan on it: that’s what texting is for.  I can draw on snapchat and add filters and most importantly, send pictures that will disappear in a few seconds opposed to an ugly picture on Facebook that’s there forever.

I got an Instagram during my freshman year of college and legitimately didn’t realize that it was a social media platform.  I thought it was a photo editing site and that no one could see the pictures I posted but I was wrong.  When I figured out that others could see my posts and that I could follow them to see theirs, I was hooked.  A picture is worth a thousand word, but a picture in the Valencia filter is worth two thousand (Valencia is my favorite filter but Ludwig is a close second).  The filters add a bit of creative freedom which I like.

Instagram is quick, easy and there is a lot of content.  It’s different than the massive amount of content on Facebook because the content on Insta is high quality.   A lot of people Instagram but they do it less frequently so you see the best parts of their lives.

Timehop let’s you see all of your posts from the past.  Timehop is ingenious actually, it does what the other social medias fail to do: combine our content from all platforms in one place.  If I wasn’t hypothetically going through a breakup, I’d be Timehop’s #1 cheerleader.  There isn’t another place where you can see your tweets, Facebook statuses and Instagrams all in one place AND see the ones you posted in the past.  It’s an interactive timeline and I love and hate it at the same time.

This is more of a private social media site and I realize that sounds like a contradiction but let me explain.  I can share my Timehop posts if I want to but the posts are originally for my own eyes.  I wouldn’t like Timehop if everyone saw what I posted back in the day because they’re often embarrassing, but this added layer of privacy is nice (but maybe I’d give it up for chocolate).

I like these platforms for slightly different reasons but it boils down to a few things: they allow me to take pictures and post them, I can communicate with my friends and I can put my spin on the content.  Each platform is different and if they all did the same thing, I definitely wouldn’t be active on all of them.  So to app developers that are trying to create the next best thing, don’t mimic all of the qualities of these apps: change a little something about it to compel someone to add it to their repertoire of social media platforms.