This would be about the social media platforms, not writing platforms.
Social media. It’s crazy how many platforms are out there now. Remember back in the heyday when it was just Myspace? Yeah, I go back farther than that. Think pre-DOS days. I will digress. So tell me if I missed any since I’m pretty convinced that apart from certain sites being generationally friendly, there are preferred locale-friendly sites as well.
(in no particular order)
- Google Plus
- then exclusive sites like Youtube, Goodreads, Flickr, DeviantArt, etc.
Well, though that list is hardly comprehensive, they’re generally the most popular “share” options on any given website. I use(d) all of them except for Instagram and Snapchat. I just don’t have the time. The older I get, the less I use facebook. Because I used to be on there all the stinkin’ time simmering with self-loathing over how much time I’m wasting. But in the past 5 years, the platform has changed so much that it’s truly more annoying than anything else. I only use it to keep in touch with old friends and clients.
Twitter (and Tumblr) has become my platform of choice. Besides WordPress, of course. I used Blogger for nearly a decade before I left it to collect technical dust, back when I used to code and fiddle around with the newest code, CSS. Oh boy, that feels like a century ago. I think I’ll have a melancholy sit-and-stare-at-the-wall moment after writing this post. Blogger automatically works with adsense, so it’s tempting but too much of a hassle to switch back.
One of the most important things to me when it comes to any social feed is that is ought to be chronological. This was the biggest “who the f are you to tell me” when facebook decided to choose who’s popular in the feed. Half my friend’s updates disappeared, and the other half (which just so happened to be the obnoxious look-at-me half) was all I saw. Lame.
And why so political?
That goes for you too, Zuckerberg.
I love Twitter, simply for the fact that it’s quick and chronological. And being that I use Tweetdeck, I can view a butt-ton of feeds at the same time. Unless I’m participating in a Twitter chat, I can quickly un-procrastinate when need be. I love sharing people’s work, I love sharing little bits of writing wisdom, and basically, I love Twitter. Except for the fact that they’re taking my Tweetdeck app away. Bad Twitter.
Tumblr? Well, it’s a blog, but not exactly a blog. It’s like Pinterest, but not really. Those who know, know. Companies and renowned folks use this platform, but I see it as more of an informal personal feed. Things get lost in there, especially if you like to reblog a lot. But it’s a niche I like for something a little more personal.
Which is why I pin the super-special articles and pictures I find on Twitter and Tumblr. Because since the advent of Pinterest, who needs internet bookmarks anymore? When’s the last time you bookmarked something? Pinterest is the visual bookmark folder! And people can appreciate your awesome bookmarking abilities, too.
I can’t be bothered to keep up to speed with everything else. Social media sucks up enough time as it is, and I swore I’d ration myself (yeah, right). The older I get, the less I care for change. I don’t use LinkedIn, but my old art commissioner found me that way. So I won’t exactly remove the networks I don’t use, but the best balance I’ve discovered is to just focus on one or two platforms, and stick with that. Last I checked, I don’t get paid for this.
How many social media platforms do you use? Do you find yourself gravitating towards one more often, and why?