No I’m not talking about books in your bookshelf wearing their coats and ties while sipping Martinis but social networks that serve the bookworm kind. Website like Goodreads is such a novelty in this saturated social media. It’s neither an underdog or up and coming social media star but just a simple plain site. Just by logging in using your Facebook or Twitter account you can have a digital space were you can list your favorite books and categorize it or announce to the world on what page you are on a book you are currently reading. By which it got me think. So what? You can post it on your favorite social media sites. You can’t share the book and let your online friends read it. So what gives? Are we really promoting literacy or just a bunch of show offs?
You might have heard about Tumblr but didn’t give a second look. You might already have FaceBook and Twitter. But there are lots of things you might like about Tumblr that those social media sites don’t offer. And here is my list of it:
- It’s a blog and social media site combined. It’s like Twitter not bound in 140 characters. So you can instantly read, watch and listen to post.
- Creative people abound. Pictures, articles, videos, quotes and music are the stuff that the Tumblr community dishes out. It inspires and energizes you to be creative also.
- Auto and delay posting. Yes you can publish post in the pace you like. Good for people who wants their post in daily installments.
- Connected with FaceBook and Twitter. Your post on Tumblr automatically post on those social media site.
- You can jazz it up. Friendster, Multiply and MySpace (does anyone remember those?)lets you tweak the look of your site. Tumblr makes it easier because of its themes and add ons like music, videos etc.
- The heart shape “like” button ^_^
- Reblogging. You reblogging (or being reblogged) of post can go along long way.
Admit it. Not so long ago you have an account on Friendster. Probably it your first social media experience. Then it died. And here are the reasons:
- Jazzing up your profile is tiring. You put a profile picture; choose themes, videos, music, header, glittery cursor etc., etc. if you get tired of how it looks your repeat the whole process. Then Facebook and Twitter came along. Friendster is history.
- After the blog then what. For me one of the greatest milestones in Friendster is offering a blog. There you can post articles, pictures and videos. But Friendster stopped there. Nothing to offer.
- Not much interaction. It’s only through private messaging and comments you can interact with. Nothing more.
- It’s not addicting enough. Nothing to come back to. No link or video to share and to discuss to. You can even leave Friendster for a month and forget about it.
- Not all your friends can be there. It’s not that super user friendly like Facebook and Twitter.
Hope you like this article. So what’s your reason why Friendster died?
(originally from my Facebook Notes ,29 September 2011)