19 May, 2014

My social media timeline


FACT: One of the greatest inventions ever is the INTERNET.

I grew up in a generation that had "Jurassic Connection". Back then, the internet was not a big thing here in the Philippines. At that time, most people have not seen how it was going to change our lives. MiRC, Netscape, Yahoo!Messenger, dial-up, and internet cards are the only things that I remember about my high school Internet days. My brother and I had regulated net time at home because our Mom that the Internet was just another school night distraction. Then in college, I think this was a period of immersion into this fascinating new world. We were slowly transitioning from Jurassic Era to the Cretaceous Period, and it was good.

I'm sure you'll all agree that the Internet brought more good than bad. It just becomes "bad" when people cyber-bully others or when you spend so much time on social media sites it that you lose productive hours at work, neglect your chores, and forget to do real world stuff. These social networking sites are both a blessing and a curse, lol. My first social media interaction was through Friendster. This was in 2003, the same year that I started to blog.



From Friendster to Facebook
Friendster was a little piece of joy back then. It was fun getting these yearbook-ish testimonials from friends.
For someone to be able to write a meaningful "testi", you needed to be friends-friends; the longer the testimonial is ... the better! Right?

I haven't visited Friendster in ages because it got boring and slow. The latter was a result of the page customization feature that they did. There were pages that took forever to load and you usually just leave the page if it does. Proudly, another reason why I ditched Friendster was because I made the big switch to Facebook in 2009; our head of Marketing in my old office forced everyone in the department to sign up so he would have more friends, funny no? Then, in between Friendster and Facebook were MySpace and Hi5, which I didn't bother to join.


Blogging
My friend, Bianca got me to blog way back 2003. These were the days when blogging wasn't this popular. Although I tried Xanga + LiveJournal + Tumblr, I think my heart has always been with Blogger. At that time, I was already taking my majors in college and I had online subjects so Blogger allowed me to practice my codes a lot. Everything was doing okay until I did a stupid mistake ( after college ) that deleted all the stuff I wrote in 2003, read about it here. Fast forward to x number of years, I got my old URL back so it's all good.

Somewhere along the way, I found myself joining Multiply. I think this platform clicked mainly because 1) Multiply had photo albums and music integrated, 2) Multiply was a hassle-free way to blog if you're not fond of HTML codes, and 3) it had a feature that lets you adjust the privacy of the stuff you share. I stopped using Multiply I got bored with it and I didn't like how it transformed into a site where people sold stuff. It got to a point that it became annoying, ang kalat kase tingnan. I would get invites from people that I do not know and 80-percent of them were all trying to sell me something.

And I'm just a girl who wants to blog because I get to do two of my greatest loves: writing and photography.


Twitterverse
@ruussso was born in 2009. Again, it was Bianca who got me sign up for Twitter, which, I think is a whole different world on its own. I say this because not everyone enjoys this platform. Up to now, there's just a handful of my Facebook friends who are also on Twitter. Most of the people I'm connected with here are those who used to blog back in 2003 and my other friends who are in Twitter are writers, those in the corporate world, and the techies. It's just an observation :)

I'm updated with current events, sports, Metro Manila traffic, weather, flood, and what-nots because of Twitter. It's very convenient and practical. Today, it's more useful than ever because even local governments have their own accounts and countless times, I've witnessed how we got news faster in Twitter ( compared to print, TV, and radio ).


Image Source: Fab Magazine Online


#Hashtag Domination.
I joined in 2012 and have seen that the hashtag is an amazing thing!

Twitter may have started it to organize content, but I think it was Instagram that made the hashtag a big thing. I don't quite feel the need to use hashtags in my tweets. Instagram, however, has made the use of hashtags more efficient and effective. Here's one scenario: I was asked to judge a photo contest during a friend's wedding. There were several categories, but I only had to look for the best photo from the couple's wedding hashtag.

On normal days, we use hashtags to describe the photos that we share: #delicious #summer #lunch #love #ootd #throwbackthursday. Then we have our seasonal hashtags, which make our IG lives more interesting.

Right now, I'm doing a #lesseachday ( I'm supporting a friend's project ) and #ruussso100days Instagram memes. I see my other friends do #fmsphotoaday ( the mother of all photo challenges! ), #projectsexy, #10gratefulthings, #photoaday, and the list goes on.

Love them or hate them, hashtags are revolutionary! I could write about it all day and I will never finish, hahaha! I get so excited just thinking about its benefits, how it has changed the way we do things, and how we have adapted & make it work for us. Point is, it's good. Establishments and brands have started to maximize the power of the hashtag.


I took a trip down memory lane because Janette Toral's   Social Media Game-Changer Webinar   last 12-MAY piqued my interest. We may not have a connection as fast as Japan's ( not yet ), but I am grateful that we're not-so-behind here in the Philippines. I love being connected. I like to share. I'm all for the culture of reciprocity. So, to the person who invented the Internet and to everyone who made it happen, especially here in PH ... you guys rock \m/ ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes. __RUSS.

40 comments:

Robin McCoy said...

I can't agree with you more about how the Internet is great. It really does bring people together, especially through the different social media channels and blogs. I have met so many wonderful people in the US and abroad that I would have otherwise not met if it wasn't for the Internet.

bxcrochet said...

I had a blog years ago and never really did much with it. I am so glad I got the blogging bug back a few months ago.

Michelle F.

P Bishop said...

I wish I would have started in 2003. This was a very interesting blog! I hate hashtags too, but agree, they are in! Enjoyed my visit

Rena McDaniel said...

I am actually very new to all Social Medias. I only signed up for FB in January and Twitter in March. I dont' really like FB as much as I like Twitter and Google Plus. It is neat to learn so much more about them and I have to admit hashtags have me so confused!

glitterrain said...

The internet is a funny thing. It brings us "closer together" and yet pushes us further apart. Given that social media is here to stay, and that people crave attention, approval, belonging that's not going to change anytime soon. So we might as well use the best tools out there to help us rock it. right?

JaimeLovesStuff said...

I agree with you 100%- the internet is the greatest invention. It has connected the world, has brought income opportunities for all and we are so connected. I love it.

I started blogging over 7 years ago. I took a break and started back up a year ago and this time, it's with an unbreakable desire.

Franc said...

I started blogging in 2003 too via friendster blogs and then blogspot but it was really personal stuff. I gow my domain only in late 2011.

Clare Henney said...

Good post. :)I still remember those early blogging days...I miss that! Blogging was just so different back then!

Kung Phoo said...

That is a throw back of how social media came to exist.. I forgot about friendster!

joei ♥ said...

This is a cute post Russ! Made me think about my social media history. Since I'm kind of a techie, I've been active on the Internet for a long time now. I remember people going to my house because I was one of the few who had unlimited "fast" internet connection. Internet cafes were still the norm then :D Those were the days huh? Fun times!

jared's mum said...

i just read somewhere that the social media is the new junk food + I think that rings true. everyone is just into Facebook, Instagram + Twitter, making the world a whole lot smaller that ever before. Kudos to the smart men who created the internet thus allowing us to fully enjoy its full benefits now.

Natalie MadeIt said...

Taking it way back... 23 years back.. MSN Groups was where it was at.. Online forums.. I met a few online boyfriends that way, haha.. & Myspace before it was taken over and turned into crap.. that's where I met my husband..

EmmaT said...

Really interesting to see how things have changed on the internet. I don't really make use of the hashtag on instagram, but I do on twitter - for nosying and for parties

056d187a-d3dd-11e3-8696-000bcdcb2996 said...

It's funny to think about all the things we USED to be obsessed with but are obsolete now. Can you say "AOL Instant messenger" lol! I just started using hashtags a little bit in the last few months and I still don't know if I "get it" :P

Rebecca Swenor said...

Things have changed so much in the past ten years and it is a great thing most of the time just like other technologies. Thanks for sharing.

Rochkirstin Santos said...

Actually we do not need super fast Internet connection to communicate via social media. We can just leave messages, notes and comments or tweet or share stuff online and wait until our friends or other people respond.

Liz Mays said...

I actually feel like Twitter is where I started to concentrate on the hashtags. It just carried over to Instagram for me. It's so weird to see how things have progressed through the years in this space!

Patranila Jefferson said...

The internet makes the world a much smaller place, hashtags or not. And that's my favorite part! :)

Lexie Lane said...

Oh gosh! This is really funny that you mentioned Friendster. I was just thinking about how it went from that to MySpace and then Facebook. And yes, your right, the hashtags are definitely great!

Payal Bansal said...

I so agree with you. Social networking is like a whole new crazy world, full of fun. I cant think my life without it :)

Devashish Shrivastava said...

A well written social media throwback. :)
Btw, you weren't on Orkut? :o

Yona Williams said...

Oh wow - blast from the past...I remember Friendster and used to be a part of it too.

Esme Sy said...

I think you and my daughter have the same history. Lol. She's the one who got me into blogging and all these social media sites.

May De Jesus-Palacpac said...

That's a lot of social media to look back on, I commend you for remembering all those, haha. I tried Friendster, too, but I just wasn't into it back then, until Multiply, which I realized you don't have in your list. You jumped right to Tumblr. I liked blogspot, too, but people kept pushing me to Wordpress that I ended up creating an account, moving, then finally getting all my stuff migrated for self-hosting. :)

Deshawn Keiner said...

I love the timeline. For me, my first social media was "MySpace" I actually tried to log in a few months back and For the life of me I cant remember my password. Internet and social media changes drastically every year. It makes you wonder whats to come

Cebuana Mom said...

Goodness.. Friendster is like a trip down memory lane. I was part of that generation with all the colorful and blinking profile background. Haha

Chef Jay said...

That's a funny social media timeline, we both started in facebook and we also chose blogger! I' m quite new to hashtags at the moment. I'm using them in instagram right now and they are really quire revolutionary!

Anne V said...

The internet definitely bridges distance. It helps the OFW community when it comes to keeping in touch and up to date with their loved ones which I think is the most important contribution it has done for our country. Social media is one powerful medium, it's like a double edge sword of some sort for businesses.

loner zone said...

Social media sites have gone a long way already. Friendster to Facebook to twitter and only time knows what's next. I'd say it has good but also has bad effects especially to the younger generations.

papaleng said...

Wow! you are into blogging since 2003, that's is a great achievement. I was exposed to the internet way back 2009, And run a Friendster blog. But I got into serious blogging in 2011. Luckily, I got what I wished for, honing my writing skill and at the same time earned some money.

yvonnembertoldo said...

Wow, you've been in the blogging industry for so long. I just started last October and i'm loving the experiences as a blogger. :) This post makes me miss friendster and the photos I posted there which I wasn't able to get prior to the changes made in its website. :(

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

From what I saw on Facebook, my switch was in 2007 (when I entered University) and my blog was in 2008 I guess... first got to know wordpress from my ex who wrote a long blog entries for me...
Time pass fast huh?

Franc said...

I kinda miss friendster as it's facebook before facebook. Too bad they folded up along with multiply.

ling said...

you started blogging in 2003! Lots to learn from ya :) That's a long time! Friendster was something I be never understood and popular amongst so many long time bloggers.

Fred Hawson said...

Never got into Friendster during its heyday. I got into Multiply, which eventually turned out to be a bad idea because it folded up and removed all our content! I was never able to export everything into this Blogger account of mine. I am not really a fan of Twitter too.

Sunshine Kelly said...

Hashtag # is so in trend now days. If I want to search for anything particular scene, activities, events or incidents I just key in the trending hashtag on twitter or instagram and i can track it.

Louise Banta said...

There are parts of Friendster that I do miss however, we cannot deny the fact the Facebook really changed the game. Reading through this post really made me look back at how much technology is advancing without us really realizing it. I'm both excited and afraid to the next inventions or improvements to the things we have now.

lee rosales said...

Friendster will always be part of my social media history. Back in my college days friendster is such a hit! I started using facebook back in 2009

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

I love the ol instagram for all social media

Russ R. said...

Terri Lynn
Yup, Instagram is a game-changer. Right now, it's my favorite social media networking site too.