As a class assignment we were asked to stop using Facebook for a week. As with everything I was a little hesitant about putting my Facebook addiction on hold, but as instructed I did. After putting up my last post for the week, I was already wondering what I could be missing in the Facebook world. Pictures of the wedding I went to last weekend, my cousins depressing comments that I can’t help but reading and gossiping about, and everyones ever changing relationship statuses. To be honest staying away from Facebook has not been easy. The first thing I do after logging on to my computer is check my Facebook. All I have to do is type “F” into Google and Facebook it the first site that comes up. Even though I was sad about my Facebook break I got more homework done in half the time, I even found a new addiction. Pinterest!
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse boards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. People use boards to plan their weddings, decorate their home, and share their favorite recipes.
After watching An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube” by Michael Wesch, I realized that YouTube is so much more then what I thought it was. YouTube is linking people like never before creating a community of people who are all in someway learning from each other and about themselves. It seems crazy to be sitting in your house, your school, or maybe in your closet talking to your computer camera. Whats even crazier is that video could potentially be view by millions at any given time. If you made a video to record your child’s first steps, to remember your summer vacation, to become a star or artist, to vent, reflect or inspire, to laugh or make someone laugh you have connect with someone in someway. That someone could be across the street or across the world. You video is not just what you make of it its what we make of it.
When I found out that I would need to make a Twitter for class I was a little hesitant. I already have a Facebook, why do I need a Twitter? I thought as I entered my information into the white rectangular boxes on the Twitter homepage. I slowly click the yellow sign up for Twitter button. I stare at the page with a blank expression. What now? I manage to change the background color and attempt to make my first tweet. I’m not sure if my hesitation to Twitter is because I don’t know anything about it or because I am content with Facebook. Random people can follow me and see things that I am tweeting is slightly strange to me. In the Facebook world you can pick and choose who can see your status, profile, and photos. I am a daily Facebook user and check my Facebook at least three times a day, sometimes more on my phone. Facebook allows me to chat with friends, message people privately, upload photos, like photos and comments, create and respond to events, and so much more.
Is anyone else having this Twitter hesitation?
Any Twitter lovers want to share their insight to the Twitter world.