So I login to Myspace (after an eternity, trying to retrieve my username and password from the murky depths of my brain) and have a good old chuckle at the ‘me’ of three years ago.
So much has changed since then, particularly the lines of my face. I would put money on the fact that I’ve visibly aged more in the last three years than ever before. But in this ‘era’, my social networking habits have equally aged – a fact I am amused by.
The ‘me’ of Myspace was all about the music. I recall those first few months with much fondness, how I had started a new job after six months of drudgery in my old one and with the discovery of this website, I truly felt I had begun a new chapter of my life. My profile picture wholly reflects this. I look younger, more vibrant… and in an office!
Then pregnancy happened. And with it, my mind took a bizarre turn. Whilst at home with my head over a bowl, unable to eat anything but McCoys crisps (for the salt, I guess?) certain things in my life began to make me feel as sick as a dog. Myspace was the worst offender. And so my relationship ended as quickly as it had started.
Then came Facebook. A friend introduced me after I had my son and my first thought was ‘oh no, I don’t think I need another Myspace’. But I signed up and BANG! I was addicted. The games, the jovial banter, the camaraderie, the ability to share my pics with friends. I wondered how I managed without it to be honest. Until my glorious addiction was marred in an instant by someone so unimportant – it made me wonder just how reliant and addicted I was.
And then I heard about Twitter. Ten days in and I am just shy of 900 tweets. But I’m enjoying the fact that you can dip in and out on a whim and not really miss out on anything. I love getting to know about total strangers through things we have in common. I love that you get a looking-glass-sized insight into the life of a celeb or two. And most of all, I love that I can be me. The old me.
I don’t miss Myspace. I’ve lost all my ‘friends’ apart from the serious musicians. I currently don’t miss Facebook, although I miss seeing my friends’ photos and commenting on them. Twitter, I love at present. But most of all, I love my real life. If I meet anyone along the way that naturally ‘fits in’ to my real life, then I will be completely fulfilled.