Friday Poll – Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace?
When my kids first started hanging out online, Myspace was the go-to site for them and their friends. They loved creating layouts (and changing them every few days), adding playlists, and generally making their mark on their profile in a myriad of ways.
A metaphor for early adolescence if there ever was one!
I spent most of my time on Myspace as well, because I was there for them. To supervise, yes, but also to engage with them in a way they could relate to and found enjoyable. Over time, they graduated to Facebook (along with most of their friends) and now neither of my older teens even bothers with Myspace. I still have a profile page for Prophecy there, because I do get questions and comments from readers. Even though I’ve considered deleting my page, I just can’t bear to leave anybody hanging if that’s where they’re looking for me!
I do visit Twitter – though not as often as I used to – because there are people there I enjoy talking with, but I try to limit my time there. Mostly, I can be found on Facebook.
For me, it’s a constant balancing act. Where do I ENJOY hanging out the most? Where can I connect with the people I relate to best? And how can I streamline my online suff so I’m not in front of the computer 24/7? Should I keep my Myspace page?
And I’m not the only one. As we spend more and more time online, there is increasing and ever-changing debate about the merit of various social networking sites for business AND pleasure. My theory is that the vast majority of people who are online have Facebook, very few people over 14 use Myspace as a PRIMARY hang-out spot, and Twitter hasn’t (and who knows? might NOT) hit the mainstream – especially among average teens (none of the “everday” teens I know have Twitter but ALL of the blogging teens I know do).
So let’s use this as our Friday Poll! When online, what is your FAVORITE hang-out?
Now for two quick extras! Don’t forget tomorrow’s podcast at 10pm EST with Kenneth, Rebekah and I. I won’t give away any of our topics, but you can bet the movie Splice will be one of them!
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Amy over at the Pages of Brooks. Amy just reviewed Guardian of the Gate from an ARC she received at the Teen Author Carnival. And what a review it is! Sometimes you read a review and you just know that reader GOT IT. Everything you tried to do in the book, everything you were going for, they just understood. Amy’s review is incredibly well-written and thorough. Plus, it includes perhaps my favorite review line yet; “More chasing, more fighting, and more omgomgomg moments ensue – finally ending with one of Zink’s favored one-liners-of-shock-and-awe.”
Anyway, Amy’s blog (I think?) is fairly new, so show her some Follow love, will you?