Have you ever taken a scroll through time and looked at your history on different social media platforms? Remember those first Instagram posts you did with just a picture and a newbie comment?
Slowly, you started adding ridiculous hashtags “#idontknowwhyipostedthispicbutidid” before you realize what the hashtag is really all about. Then there’s that first tweet, thinking the world is hearing what you have to say but really it’s only the 3 people following you? And those early Facebook posts, pictures of your kids, your family and you but whoa!! Those pics – you looked so young!!
I joined Facebook first, many years ago. It allows me to stay in touch with friends, family and people I have met in my travels. I have always used this platform to encourage, admire and compliment the people I have connections with. I don’t air my dirty laundry and whine about my bad luck. People are amused when I share funny anecdotes about nutty things that happen to me and trust me, I have an endless supply. The unintentional intent is to make someone smile and that hasn’t changed much over time.
Twitter was my next venture. I more or less joined to follow my favourite sports teams, musicians and local restaurants. My favourite hockey team is rarely televised and I learned that there were people out there that tweeted play by play action!! What??? Yes, I am one of those annoying people that tweet “GOOOOALLLL”. I interacted quite a bit with people when I started on Twitter. I had real conversations, exchanged useful information as well as witty banter. When I tweeted or replied, it usually had a fun edge, with a dash of sarcasm and often it would be returned. But those followers could never cross over into my Facebook realm. No, Facebook is too personal and private. I protect my Facebook world. Strange eh?. Lately, for me, Twitter has become a pit of angry trolls and negativity. I even found myself using it to express frustration with businesses; there was bound to be someone out there that would jump on my bandwagon of bashing. Luckily I recognized this before I reached for the pitchforks. As I observed that Twitter had become a darker place, my voice had changed because of that. I needed to make a conscious effort to return to my former days of witty banter.
I happily stumbled upon Instagram as twitter accounts started linking their tweets to Instagram posts. I couldn’t stay away. Even though the average user is much younger, this is the platform I enjoy the most and will likely utilize the most as I begin my blogging journey. Beautiful pictures, inspirational videos, educational videos and just a great overall fun vibe. My voice feels natural on this platform and people seem more connective and supportive of one another. It sounds cheesy, but it feels like home. Like a great big sharing community and I dig that.
I marvel (and am slightly disturbed) how each platform has taken on a personality of its own and my own voice echo’d that personality. Each is a product of it’s content and the world as it happens around us. What you put into it, you will get out, so I will make an effort to improve my space. In the meantime, I will enjoy the evolution of my own voice, as it becomes a little more sophisticated, a little more polished and a little more self aware.
Facebook: Split Media Personalities? Is this you??
Twitter: Split Media Personalities – http://bit.ly/2BDZyBU