Some Notes on the Form and Function of some Social Media Websites
As a millennial fresh(ish) out of undergrad, I feel the tug of social networks, the need to drum up an audience for my work through multiple media platforms. LinkedIn, tumblr, and now twitter have gotten more than their fair share of my attention. I find twitter to be the most refreshing for text publishing. It allows quick conversation, while the 140 character limit forces one’s own vocabulary towards the laconic. I find that many of the people I follow tweet excellent insights, small gems that seem to work best as text posts. Twitter works in that it allows one to quickly quote another through retweeting. For jotting down thoughts, or sharing short notes, twitter seems the way to go.
WordPress caters to the blogging craft. Freshly Pressed posts are usually essays of 700-800 words. The site is a mass of writers liking other writers work. Short posts always feel awkward. When the blogs surround it with empty space.
Tumblr handles images better that twitter, and is more visually oriented in how it presents information. There is massive amounts of stuff available for perusal, which necessitates an inquisitive and rigorous mind to sniff out the bad stuff. (This note is applicable to all new media sites.) And because of the plethora of material, archiving your favorites requires creativity (I reblog my likes to a separate blog solely for searchability.) if anything, tumblr gets at the heart of the generation and how we relate to media around us – the very environment that shapes us. We millennials are Trash Monarchs, sorting through the refuse of today and the past (the latter often with nostalgia-googles). More and more stuff leads us to liking all this garbage for its terribleness or so-bad-its-good quality. I seriously wonder when this began. Typically with media the bad stuff fans from our conciounsness, but with digital media allowing for advanced archiving and the push for home entertainment (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray), will we ever let this stuff go?
LinkedIn is terrible.
One can never be satisfied with your LinkedIn profile, because it always feels incomplete. Of course, LinkedIn’s recommendations only homogenizes your profile more. The site swallows your positivity, wanting you to join the circle, endlessly paling each other on the back. Maybe someday I’ll care about my profile, but until then, I’ll stick to stealthy and snarky for now.