I’m gradually expanding my interaction with social network sites. It started with Bebo, then came MySpace, and for a long time I settled for just Facebook. But then I realised I had things I wanted to say that weren’t really appropriate for various family members that I’m friends with on Facebook, but thought the opinions were witty enough to share with the rest of the world. So along came Twitter. I do love using Twitter to whinge about everything else in my life. It’s like Facebook is my nice side, and Twitter is the bitchy, two-faced version of me. Not all the time I’d like to say! I don’t feel as judged on Twitter because what I have to say isn’t really as weird or mean as half the stuff that goes on there. I use Twitter as my commentator spot when I’m watching tv, or when I’m busy writing an essay I use it to see how well my word count is going in a satisfying (and at times frantic) countdown. Yes, I’m that sad. But that’s what social networking is doing to us! When you think that before social networking really kicked off, people (usually) thought about what they were going to say and didn’t just blurt it out for all to hear. For example, I saw one of those eCards pictures that are constantly floating around FB (another irritating aspect of the network) which went along the lines of ‘I don’t use Facebook, instead I shout out what I’m feeling every five minutes’. You may laugh (I know I did) but it’s so true. Things have changed to the point where people seem to think it’s appropriate to tell the world that they’ve just had toast for breakfast. As if my day was going to crumble without reading that essential snippet of drivel?!
I could on for ages about the irritation of FB, in fact my Dad calls it FaceBake because that is what it feels like sometimes. I only really use it now for keeping in touch with friends and family both home and away. In a way, I guess I’m starting to mature. Especially in comparison to what some of my younger cousins post. The latest bug-bear is that four pictures one word game that people keep asking help for. I’m not a walking puzzle-solver.
So alongside Twitter, I also like Instagram, despite it being dubbed as ‘Twitter for those who can’t read’. You get some really pretty images of nail art and fashion ideas floating around there and I enjoy it for that. Plus it can make my pictures pretty without having to faff on with camera settings etc.
As I mentioned in my very first blog (‘Oi oi let’s see how this works…’) I’ve tried various blog sites in the past and didn’t really enjoy them but I’m really into this one. I also find that sometimes I can’t wait to try to work out how to record the day’s events. Exciting student lifestyle I live, right?!
Anyway my latest sign up in the social media lot was Pinterest. My housemate recommended it to me as I love looking at different fashion styles on the web to see what styles would suit my new body shape. The downside to losing weight is that none of your clothes fit properly over time and you have to spend money on new clothes, but the bonus is that you can carve a new style niche for yourself and be adventurous about what you want to try. After all you don’t have to buy the clothes (or keep them if you order online!) and part of feeling good about yourself is learning what flatters and showcases your new figure. It also becomes a fantastic method of procrastination. That’s something that happens a great deal when you should be working on an essay! Anyway, I’ve now created a board which I’m constantly filling with styles and bits of fashion that I might try when I’m out shopping and it’s so easy to access when I’m out and about (I’m an Android girl – another element of technology taking over my life!). Instead of taking grainy, reflective snapshot on my mobile of various styles I fancy, I can now pin them to my very own portable mood board. Perfect! Admittedly I’m still coming to grips with various aspects of it and I spent ages yesterday evening swearing over the site not doing what I wanted it to do, but I think I’m onto another social media favourite.
So overall, I’d say that the enormous benefits that social networking has for me, such as a simple way to keep in touch with loved ones, constant style and life inspirations and having somewhere to air my thoughts (even if no one know reads it), makes it seem alright for others to post daft (but not offensive!) things, despite the irritation it may momentary cause. After all, life is too short to fuss over insufficient things.