Being in the generation that I am, I was big into Facebook when I was away at college. I was still in the Facebook is brand new, only college students can use it. So, when I went to orientation and got my .edu email address from Niagara University, I almost immediately set up my Facebook account – well actually, my older brother did it. I don’t really use Facebook as much anymore…I mainly use it for birthday reminders and keeping in touch with friends that I keep in touch with anyway. But other than that, I don’t use Facebook as much any more.
I never really got into MySpace…although I did sign up for an account so that I could do some karaoke stuff a while back. I think I still have it, but I don’t even know what email address I used with it. So, it doesn’t really count.
When Twitter came out, I was apprehensive about it. I swore that I wasn’t going to get a Twitter account and I swore that it wasn’t all that great. I didn’t think it was going to be anything great and it wasn’t something that I was interested in. My mother got a twitter account. My brother got a twitter account. I still held out. I finally gave in recently. I gave in because I wanted to enter the NHL sweepstakes during the Winter Classic on New Years Day. I didn’t win. I tried again during the All Star Game. I didn’t win.
Then, I found that Twitter was great for other things too. It was great for keeping up with artists that I liked. It was great for getting information on my local AHL hockey team – which was really great as I like to feel a little bit of a personal connection to the team because it makes it easier for me to cheer for them. I started to really like Twitter. I still don’t know everything about it. I haven’t explored it all that much and there is so much more that it can be used for that I don’t use it for. And maybe I will try and look for that sometime soon and it will bring me something great.
But tonight, tonight I go back to the NHL and the reason that I joined Twitter to begin with. Tonight, I follow the NHL and I try and win one of 9 prizes (there are actually three prizes, but three of each). We’ll see what happens and if I win, but I would be thrilled about it if I did. And if not, I will not forsake Twitter or social media, in general. But I hope I do win.
Do you use social media? What do you use it for? And which sites do you use?