By Relvyn Lopez
Social media really took off in the United States with the launch of Myspace in 2003. After this launch, word-of-mouth allowed for this company to completely explode in the digital world, becoming a creative and social platform for many kinds of users. This mostly appealed to elementary and high school students with access to a computer and internet.
The website offered users many features for them to take advantage of. One of the coolest features that was provided by Myspace was the ability to customize your own unique and completely individual profile. From the way background color and image, to the default picture that represented you, to the ability to upload music and feature your top favorite friends on your profile, Myspace was poppin’.
It was all fun and games until Facebook came by and swept all the Myspace users off their feet and into a new realm of social media. I was always curious about Facebook. Initially, I recall to the appeal being for professionals and mature adults, but I everyone still flocked to it despite the lack of personalization options and fun appeals. It was a very standard and plain social media site with now bright, standout color schemes. Still, I left the Myspace bandwagon upon hearing about Facebook, too. It seemed like the next “trendy” thing to do.
To this day, I still use Facebook. I think I began using it in 2008, but I have not gotten off of it nor decreased my activity on there. According to Statista, there are currently 1.79 billion active users on Facebook. That’s like 1 of every 6 human beings on this planet.
“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.” – Mark Zuckerberg
Now, Twitter has really taken a lot of social media platforms by the ear. They’ve open up so much opportunity to new innovative and unthought-of ideas. From syncing youtube videos and gifs to timelines and being a consistent platform for many, it’s made social media so much fun and has increase relationships between fame and fans, as well.