Blogging and social media, two things that can’t be separated. Blogging is social media, but it often enhances the use of other social media. I can honestly say that I started using Twitter because of my blog (well, I had an account before that, to spy on celebs. Oops, did I just admit that?), and I enjoy it way more than I ever would have thought. Even if you don’t blog, social media will most likely be a great part of your life. Some of us like it, some of us like to hate it. We pretty much all go through different phases when we discover a new social media platform, here’s how I see these:
1. The “too cool for school” phase.
At this time, you’re blissfully unaware of “insert name of social media platform here”. It’s not until one of your friends starts talking about it excitedly that you start wondering what it is. At first you think: “I don’t need that, I have better things to do than creating online profiles and poke people!”, which means you’re well into the denial phase. Still, after receiving a dozen e-mails where people ‘invite’ you and hearing a lot of conversations turn to “did you see that on Facebook?”, your curiosity has reached its limit. You cave and create an account to see what the fuss is all about.
2. The overexcited newbie phase.
What a wonderful, magical online world! At this time, you’ve played all the quizzes and know your stripper name or which Sex and the City character you are. You think it’s totally relevant to dedicate an entire album to your dog or cat. Everyone in Twitter-world can follow your exciting, daily shenanigans and they always know what you’ve had for dinner or when you have personal problems (a.k.a. The Over-sharer).
3. The normal phase.
At this time, you’ve noticed the effect of sharing on social media platforms. One of your friends has tagged you in embarrassing pictures on more than one occasion, and you no longer tweet your whereabouts every five minutes since you’ve noticed that that unknown man (who conveniently always wears sunglasses & a hat) seems to be everywhere where you are these days. You realize that it may become time to make your profile private and not accept every single person as your friend anymore.
4. The “I never use Facebook” phase.
Most of us will stay into the normal phase, with the occasional “I deleted my profile but realized I can’t live without it and now I’m back, lalala” appearance. There will always be the ones that claim they “never use Facebook” and don’t share anything, but in the mean time they do like to spy on everyone else. Just a heads up: you’ve blown your cover if you’re talking about someone else’s pictures that were posted on Facebook.