In the early 2000s, the Message Boards hit the web. These were the precursors to the blogs. I use to post all the time on Message Boards. You could write short stories, comment on pop culture, and just like magazines, there were some Message Boards that were subject specific. You could find ones on science fiction, politics, religious studies, etc. Interestingly, they were anonymous mostly and ruled by a board of directors.
However, Myspace came on the scene. Myspace was like your own personal message board where you could write statuses, articles, but instead of having a ‘board of directors’ you could control all of your own content. Soon, Myspace expanded into music and even movies. Top recording artists Justin Bieber and Adam Young (known by his stage name Owl City) were discovered. Then came YouTube, which was video specific. Next of course was Facebook. Here was a way you could keep in touch with friends you have made even if they were on the other side of the world. However, much to young people’s horror, parents were getting onto Facebook., but not just them, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and even bosses were getting on Facebook.
At first, going public in your life seemed cool, but now, social networking is changing into more instant and quick updates. If you check Facebook events, you’ll find your Facebook events has shrank in terms of RSVPs because less people are noticing them. I remember when some teens were asking about the Facebook event, and now they are telling me they never saw it. According to a recent study, millenials and post-millenials are growing to mistrust authority. Since that is the case, they are blogging and facebooking less and instead turning to Twitter and Instagram where they can share a small part of themselves instead of all of them. I have found it an even tie between Facebook and Instagram with Twitter and live-chatting coming in second.
What does this mean for us? Keeping up with the trends is getting harder and harder because now there are even more social networks out there. Snap-chat, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Flickr are all other and the options are getting more specific.