Reflecting on My Social Media Experience

Back in 2010, I spent a lot of time on social media, mostly on Facebook. Looking back, I see that it was fun, but also had some dark moments (and humor as well). I used Facebook to keep in touch with my closest friends, workmates, and even some family members.

After Facebook, I started using Instagram. I liked seeing nice photos from other people. But, after a while, I noticed the photos were getting better and better. I felt that my photos were not good enough to share. So, I stopped posting and became less active.

At the same time, I had a Twitter account. I used it to follow some people, but I didn’t really like it because there was too much happening!

I also used LinkedIn, but mostly for work-related things. I often found it hard to find what was important there. I also questioned whether I had enough good things to share or smart enough comments to make on other people’s posts.

Something changed after that. Maybe I was becoming more mature, or maybe I wanted to spend my time more wisely at work. Either way, I started to spend less time on social media.

My Ideal Social Media

Here’s what would make social media better for me:

  • I believe that social media should be a part of our daily lives.
  • I want to chat more with my close friends, family, and workmates.
  • Even if I don’t know someone in person, I want to be able to relate to them and imagine spending time with them.
  • I want to see what they are doing, what they are reading, listening to, watching, and thinking about.
  • I want to share my thoughts with them and vice versa.
  • I want to do this in a way that is not annoying and doesn’t take too much effort.
  • I think it would be nice to keep the conversation going, whether online or offline, because these two worlds are connected.

Yes, that would work really well!

My Current Social Media Usage

I still have a Facebook account, but I don’t post anything. Facebook groups are useful for finding information though! Mastodon is good. I only interact with a few users, but it’s not bad. In fact, I’m more active there than before and I have quite a lot of fun!

LinkedIn is still helpful for my work, and Instagram is a nice break from my daily routine (which is not always as fun as the photos on the feed :)).

And finally, there’s this blog. It’s my space. I don’t know who reads it, as I don’t track any stats. But it’s a happy place for me. I enjoy sharing what I know and what I find interesting! The blog gives me a sense of freedom; I’m not limited by platform rules or character counts. But Still, I would love some interactions; it doesn’t have to be 1000 likes or comments, one would do!