Getting Social On Social Media
It’s no secret that I love social media. I’m one of those super annoying people who tweets basically anything that comes to mind. In fact, I just reached 15,000 tweets last week. I follow over 1,500 people on Twitter, most of whom are celebrities, authors, and people I don’t know. While some people strive to become famous via YouTube, I’ve often said that I want to become Twitter-famous, or at least awesome enough to have that little blue check mark.
I have pretty much every form of social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. And I use most of them daily. I even run the Coffee House Writers Twitter and Instagram account. So with being an online, very involved student… I basically live on the internet.
That being said, while I do have a public Twitter account, my more-personal stuff goes on Facebook. Because regardless of my habits on other platforms, I do not add people I don’t know on Facebook. I’ve never been one to make online friends. Primarily because I grew up being told to not talk to strangers and to not trust people online— they’re all creepers, right?
No, they’re not. In the last year and a half, I have started to occasionally accept friend requests and add people who I don’t personally know. Now, almost all of them are people I’ve met through school or Coffee House Writers, but there are a few from various Facebook groups as well.
Facebook is known for being great at keeping in touch with long-distance friends and family. But I never thought I’d be one to make long-distance friends online. When I added some friends from school, I thought we would just become acquaintances who might like each other’s posts, but probably never talk.
Never did I think they would become some of my best friends. Never did I think they’d be the ones I talk to on a daily basis. Never did I think they would become the type of friends I really open up to.
And, boy was I wrong! Although we’ve never met in person, some of them have honestly become my best friends. They’re the ones I get excited to tell happy news to. They’re the ones I talk to when I’m feeling depressed or need encouragement. They have become this incredible support system, one I didn’t even realize I needed.
So this one is for them. For the ones I stay up all night talking to. For the ones who have so much in common with me that it’s scary sometimes. For the ones who put up with my over-usage of GIFS (fur sure). For the ones who make me laugh, recommend awesome shows and books, and make me feel like I’m not alone. You know who you are.