Rank your social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) from most to least favorite.
WordPress (my blog)
My favorite form of social media is this blog, hosted on WordPress.com. I feel the most natural here. I’m not so much writing to you as holding a conversation with you, and many of you return the favor, which I appreciate. I’ve never met any of you in person, but I feel like I know you, and I hope you’ve gotten to know me and like what you see here.
I spend a lot of time on YouTube for the blog, building playlists for Monday and Friday, choosing music for my featured artists on Tuesday, picking old commercials for several days of the week. Then, when that’s done, I spend a lot of time just watching whatever catches my eye. I’ve been introduced to a lot of very good musicians via YouTube, and it’s fun (okay, and maybe a little strange) to watch some of the old TV that’s out there. Not the shows themselves, but all the stuff that happened around the shows: commercial breaks, station ID’s, newscasts, signons and signoffs, Emergency Broadcast System tests (they used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid), technical difficulty moments, weather warnings, etc. etc. There are some talented people putting together entertaining and informative videos.
I hated Spotify when it first came out, now I love it. I don’t use it for the social media capabilities, but they are there and I would guess that the people who use them really like it. I have these eclectic tastes in music, and so far any artist I’ve thrown its way has a page out there. Most recently I’ve been interested in a couple of Mongolian pop singers, Sarantuyaa and Ariunaa, and they were well-represented there. (Since I know people will ask: I found a video on YouTube many years ago of the Mongolian National Anthem arranged as a pop tune, and figured out who the lead singers were. Sarantuyaa is the woman in the navy pantsuit, Ariunaa in the electric blue dress. The gentlemen with them are Dashdondog (without the hat) and Jargalsaikhan (with the hat). I don’t know who the guitarist is, and wish I did.)
It’s very hard to take pictures with one functioning hand, but I can always appreciate the work of others. I have found a number of excellent musicians and singers and can then follow them on Spotify and YouTube. I would never want to move back to Chicago, but it is a beautiful city and I love the pictures I see of it. It’s fun to browse. I also use my account to post funny stuff I find while reading blogs and surfing the web. Hey, gotta do something, right?
Pinterest was a lot of help when Mary first got the Instant Pot and wanted recipes, and since she doesn’t actually want to use it (I’m sure she has her reasons) I would browse through there and collect all the recipes I thought would be good. There are a lot of people who post radio station surveys, one of my favorite things to look through, and there are people who collect baseball pictures (specifically White Sox pictures) and post them there. When I find something amusing, it goes into Pinterest for access later, when I feel like flooding Instagram with funny stuff. For that matter, I’ve taken to posting pictures to Pinterest rather than collecting them on my hard drive, where they get forgotten.
I started using this the last time I gave up Facebook for Lent, and I really haven’t quite got the hang of it. Reddit is topically oriented, with different topics broken down into Subreddits, and as I find the Subreddits I like, I add them to my feed. It’s fun to go out there and see what kinds of discussions you can get into, though I shy away from contentious topics.
When Twitter first started, it was possible to watch the global feed, i.e. every tweet made by everyone in the world. It was a bit much, and you can’t do that anymore, which is fine by me. Right now, about the only time I use Twitter is when there’s severe weather in the area: I monitor #atlwx and #gawx (and sometimes #alwx, because severe weather in Alabama will nearly always make it into Atlanta). I also use it when I can’t listen to a ballgame, because there are some peoplke who will “live tweet” the game. Sadly, Twitter has adopted something Facebook does that annoys me, deciding for me what stories it thinks I want to see, even if they’re three weeks old. Just show me everything, dammit, and I can decide.
I keep Facebook ostensibly to stay in touch with my family and friends and to advertise my blog, but the act is, I hate it, mostly because it’s become the symbol of everything that’s wrong with social media. Check that: Mark Zuckerberg has become the symbol of everything that’s wrong with social media. There’s a good chance I’m going to dump it by the end of the year. And yes, I know Instagram is owned by Facebook (FOR NOW), but, like I said, pictures.
Honorable Mention: LiveJournal
I’ve had a LiveJournal account since 2003, and currently only pay attention to the Vintage Ads group. I haven’t posted to it since July 2015, but still I pay for Premium access. I really should think about getting rid of it.
Gee, almost a thousand words… sorry about that…