Social media in this day and age is everything. Everyone in the world wants their spot to be very well known; whether it’s at the top of the list, or hidden away in some random, secluded corner. The social media companies have done well for themselves, evolving the way that people think and respond to actions. Have they, really?
Social in itself means relating to human society and its members, so that’s settled. Media: a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information. That makes sense. — I suppose the social media companies have it all figured out, then.
When it comes to being social on many of the socially available sites, it’s more difficult than you might think, though; for some of us, anyway. Anti-socialism plays a large role in why I dislike social media, but the characteristics and qualities that these companies so eagerly demonstrate, I find distasteful in many ways.
When MySpace first appeared, everyone wanted to make a page to share their thoughts and opinions with others. Personal information quickly appeared and along with it, court dates and law suits. — Hmm. Oh well. — On a more interesting note: The space does not actually belong to one person; it belongs solely to the company in which offers the service. On a similar note: The implied space usually ends up being clogged by so many people, it’s difficult to tell at times which MY it belongs to.
Ahh, yes, then there is the ever-so-trusty Facebook to save the day. Facebook. Facebook. Face. Book. — A combination of two things that obviously do not work well with one another without some form of pain being experienced, I would imagine. — Whatever the case, it likely would have been easier just to call it a yearbook; since yearbooks are known to include pictures of faces.
Even so, Facebook shows quite a bit more than face. It’s quite hilarious how many people have taken Facebook to a new level of body book and journal of stupidity. Then, that’s just my opinion. It strikes me funny to see people who share such personal information, going as far to say that they committed an illegal act, and then had the nerve to post such information for the whole world to see. — Brilliant idea!
Oh, I cannot — though I would like to — forget about Twitter. I’ve been asked many times why I have not created an account to advertise my writing, share my work with others, and find new friends by means of the social networking that it, and other services, offer. I’m not sure what the creators were thinking when they named the service, but I have to hand it to them for naming it rather well, indeed.
Twit (noun): 1. Someone who is regarded as contemptible. 2. Aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing.
Twit (verb): 1. Harass with persistent criticism or carping.
You see, Twitter is filled with a rather wide range of aggravation, criticism, harassment, irritation, and mockery; so they named it rather well. Of course, I do not consider myself a twit, therefore I do not Twitter.
Social media and social networking has definitely opened my eyes to many things. It has shown me many types of people that I purposely stay away from; those who should really take the time needed in order to do some growing up; and, for whatever other reasons, why I have not created an account to join the masses.
Also, I find it quite curious that they would refer to these services as being ‘social’, since many of the users do not actually become social on the site. To be social on the site, usually requires knowing the individual in person. Otherwise, it’s likely that you’ll learn through silence that their settings block anyone who wishes to become social; they do not wish to share enthusiasm for a shared interest; nor do they wish to become friends with people whom they’ve never met. — So much for being social, eh?
Yes, I also realize that such services have done some good in the world, but I feel that they could be doing more, even still. Of course, this is just my opinion. I hope you found a hidden laugh or two while reading over this entry.