Hands up if you any of you were on Friendster and MySpace. Hands up if you even remember what they were. *hand shoots up*
Friendster was the very first social media platform I got on board in 2004. My friends were on it, and it was where my husband and I got in touch again after graduating from university. As for MySpace … nah, that did not work for me at all. I only got on that for the blog and even so, I never clicked with it. There was just too much going on on MySpace. Interestingly, I still get messages from Christina Aguilera time to time. Yeah we’re *this* close
Next came Facebook. Then Twitter. Smartphones meant lots of pictures for Instagram. Google Plus came. Then the very popular Pinterest. Don’t let me stop there. Come 2020 there’s probably going to be double that amount of social media platforms. Oh boy.
Of all the platforms there are out there, the only ones that have really worked for me are Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I use Twitter for, well, just about everything. Things sure have changed from the days when people would just update what they ate, when they’re going to sleep, and so on. You can use these platforms to properly engage with people and even brands now.
Unfortunately, there are two platforms that I have trouble wrapping my head around, and they are Google Plus and Pinterest. For Google Plus, even though I do have a number of circles and friends, I’m still struggling with how I can use it effectively for my blog. I have heard great things about the Hangout feature, but, erm, unless you want to play with me, I can’t use it on my own (sounds like playground talk, doesn’t it?)
It seems almost blasphemous to mention that Pinterest doesn’t really work for me, especially with all you Pinterest addicts out there (oh you know who you are ). As lovely as the images are, I can’t find myself getting hooked on the platform. I’m just not seeing how it can work for my blog, simply because it’s not a highly visual one to begin with. I’d love to pick the brains of Hair Romance (Christina’s the Queen of Pinterest), because she obviously knows something I don’t
Sometimes, there are things that just don’t work for all of us. In a way, I’m glad Google Plus and Pinterest don’t really work for me, because it means I have two less social media platforms to manage. When my time is less spread out, I can concentrate on working harder on my current social platforms and engaging with my readers.
Sorry, Pinterest and Google Plus. Rain check?
Are you on any or all of these social media platforms? Is there one (or two) that does not work for you? Oh, and if you have any tips and tricks about using Google Plus and Pinterest, do let us know in the comments.