I admit that once upon a time, my Myspace account owned me. Back when our only others options were Facebook, Xanga, or Livejournal, Myspace was the place to be. I decorated my profile, posted the million pictures, blogged the contents of my lunch, and yeah, I posted the infamous surveys.
Luckily, the social media realm seems to have grown up and has taken on a life of its own. Thanks to my good friend A.D.D, I have since healed from the shame of Myspace and moved on to other time consuming means of socializing… namely, Twitter!
I joined Twitter earlier this year but I didn’t start really exploring its features until just recently. It took me a little while to get passed the initial concept. I mean, who wants to read about what someone is doing 24/7? It seemed a little childish. 3 months later (after committing to the idea of giving it a real, honest chance) I have to say, I am hooked!
So what exactly is Twitter anyway? Twitter is where instant messenger, blogs, and crack join forces to play online! It’s a habitat perfect for meeting new people & sharing information in real-time. You are allowed 160 characters at a time to say your piece, a 50×50 space to display your mug, and you see only the conversations of those you “follow”. No photo folders, no redundant “about me”, no music players, and most certainly… no surveys!
The thrill of filling out surveys, comments, and dealing with countless spammers may have since passed me but I still have a few friends who haven’t jumped the gun and joined the bandwagon. There seems to be a great divide among Myspace users and Twitter users. The psychologist in me can’t help but wonder why.
Perhaps the inability to share more personal information is what keeps most at bay. Unlike Myspace, it’s not as easy as a simple comment here and there to maintain healthy activity.
Twittering requires an equal amount of give and take but worth the time. The opportunity to meet new people and learn something new is only a chance away. Sign up, put the surveys down, and join us.