More than a decade ago, a book called The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren was published. It’s a devotional book, mainly with Christian values, and although I am not Christian, the values depicted in the book were pretty much what we practice as well. I haven’t actually read the book, but I have read snippets of it and all I remember is that it made sense.
When I was in college, the only social media platform I knew was Friendster. Cameras were expensive at the time and cellphone cameras were horrible, and expensive. I kept the page because I enjoyed changing layouts and all the blingee stickers seemed so umm, hip at the time.
Oh, the glitter. The marquee letters and gifs. Que horror.
Anyway, I do not ever remember posting any status updates, nor do I think that Friendster let us post status updates either. Messaging, however was a thing back then, and I would occasionally update my profile picture, like twice in three years. I was just not interested. But getting friendship testimonials made me happy. Publicly declaring you were good friends on social media made me feel like people actually cared.
OMG, social media was so important to me a long time ago, until it got so overrated. *Facepalms*
Moving on to Myspace, I also made page layouts and ultimately learned not just HTML, but CSS and even applied it. I enjoyed it so much that I finally got around to finding a use for my Gmail account and signed up for a blog, which I used to practice my newly found skills in HTML and CSS and which sparked my interest in Photoshop.
In 2007, when one of my MySpace friends introduced Facebook to us, most of us jumped ship right away, but it wasn’t until one of my new co-workers who raved about how great Facebook was that I finally got into it. She had a Multiply account, I had one too, but I just never really updated it. The darn site took forever to load and Philippine Internet at the time was just terrible.
Friendster turned into a gaming site, and Multiply became a marketplace. Eventually, Myspace got sold and became a music site(?). Facebook pretty much just kept evolving and soon, everybody—grandparents, parents, even family pets had their own Facebook pages.
Twitter was like the account everybody had but never really got into, until celebrities started flocking to it and then people just started following each other. Plurk tried to compete with Twitter at some point and my friends and I had a little fun with it, because no one was really on it and there were points to be earned.
But well, as you can probably tell, Twitter’s still here and you probably don’t even know what Plurk is. LOL.
Instagram, well, it hasn’t changed much. As far as I know, Instagram only inserted ads into our feeds and Portrait/Landscape photos are now okay to publish. Oh yeah, Instagram videos didn’t exist when I signed up for it too.