Facebook. One of many social media networks that people use now a days. Back when it first became popular, I was very reluctant to join the crowd and create my own Facebook. However, as time passed, I realized it was essential to group work in school since I was restricted to only 1000 texts a month. This became the start of my social life. As a little kid, I always kept my circle of friends small, but after joining Facebook, a lot of my classmates started adding me. I don’t know how many of them realized I existed before this social media platform existed, but I accepted their friend requests anyway. Why not right? My news feed bled of updates of their daily lives, status updates and pictures that ranged from changes in relationship to hangouts with their friends. What I realized was, I didn’t care about these things. I was “friends” with these people now though. I was expected to know what was going on in their lives now because everything was being blasted on Facebook. I just didn’t understand why I had to intervene in their personal lives when I wasn’t even that close to them. Yes, I understand that she was mean to you, but attacking her on social media won’t solve anything. Any how, I adapted and soon joined them in their dramatic ways for a short time until I grew tired and weary of the same old things bothering the same old people. Now my Facebook is purely used to keep in touch with my high school robotics team as well as some far away friends. Just because we are friends on Facebook, doesn’t mean we are friends in real life. That’s the reality of it. A push of a button doesn’t automatically make us friends. We need to actually talk to each other face to face first.
The “new” web has coined the term “web 2.0,” which seems like an amazing thing that has been made better! When the concept of anything becoming “2.0” or higher, it means that the original form it has been upgraded and adjusted to fit the life that people are living now. With the advances in technology occurring on a daily basis, the web is a form of media that definitely does not stay still. The web users are always looking for something new to catch their eyes and that is what web 2.0 does. It keeps up with the constant wants and needs of the users, which is amazing. Not too long ago, the only way of contacting your friend from California while you lived in New Jersey was if you two were both home, calling each other on the handheld corded phones plastered to your bedroom wall. Now, there are so many platforms for people to connect with each other.
Back in intermediate school, I used to compete with the guy next to me to see who could finish their assignments faster in technology class. So we were basically seeing who could type faster. We always compared typing speeds as well as kept watch on the levels we were both on. After 5th grade, we went to different middle schools and he ended up moving about 45 minutes away from our hometown. Back when we were in 4th and 5th grade, cell phones did exist, but neither of us had one. We also were not aware of the social media platforms that were available at that time, as neither of us had really owned a computer. However, about 5 years down the road, we found each other on Facebook and started talking again. We are now great friends even though we haven’t seen each other for almost 10 years now. It’s amazing how the power of the web brought us back together after so many years. Years ago, that wouldn’t have been possible.