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.
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.
@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 ).
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.