Monday, November 11, 2013
The Skinny on Social Media
Here's what I think of some of the big ones:
Facebook is for "oldies," as my teen niece and nephew have told me, and I don't think that's a bad thing. It's still a good place to connect with family, friends, and relatives all across the globe. I'm still not a fan of Fan pages, however. It feels too much like spam. I recently heard on the radio that Mark Zuckerberg finally admitted that Facebook has lost some of its coolness. Um, yeah, like, two years ago.
Twitter. Still kicking. Great for sound-bites on whatever is happening at any given moment. Still a lot of spam, though. That said, I do like Twitter for the quick bites and probably spend most of my social media time there (which is to say, not a huge amount).
Tumblr. Cool. It's like the social media underground. When I go there, I know that I'm gonna see stuff I never see anywhere else. It's like a guilty pleasure for me. Love it. It's got the coolness factor that Facebook lacks.
Instagram. I think this is the new Facebook, at least for anyone 20 years old and younger. We have become such a voyeuristic society. Everyone feels compelled to take pictures of the most mundane (e.g. "Lookie at what I just ordered at XYZ restaurant!) to the important things in their life (e.g. "Here's me at my high school graduation!). I've not yet jumped on that bandwagon because I don't feel the need (or desire) to do that. I'm sure it's a generational thing. I post lots of pics on my books and book events but I'm still pretty protective of posting pics of my family and, seriously, who cares what coffee I order at Starbucks?
MySpace. Total life support. Does it even exist anymore? It's like the rotary dial of social media.
GooglePlus. Um, what's that?! *snickers*
Blogger/Wordpress/Blogs in general. I think there is still a need/demand for blogs, especially the ones that share information that lots of people need/want. I hate to say it, though, I think Blogs are on their way to life support, though. Not sure how much longer they will last, especially as people with shorter and short attention spans clamor for the quick sound-bites like Twitter. Says the girl who still posts each week on Blogger. :)
Am I right?