When I think about how the Internet has evolved over the past decade, one of the things I find the most fascinating is how social interaction has changed. When I was in high school, everyone had AOL Instant Messager (AIM), many people had LiveJournals, and MySpace was around. I stayed away from the MySpace scene, but I talked to a lot of classmates and read LiveJournals and stuff pretty regularly, and of course, toward the end of high school, I started this blog (which, in its infancy was at digitalgamingzone.com/philspage and was running on Grey Matter instead of WordPress).
When Facebook came along, it changed the dynamic. A lot. People stopped updating LiveJournals, and for those that hadn’t yet abandoned AIM, Facebook chat became the thing. I am also guilty of most of this. Between Facebook statuses and Tweets, I find myself with very little to write about here on my blog. I used to update this thing once every few days, and now it’s maybe one or two times a month. And it’s not that I don’t have anything to say; rather, it’s that I say the things I have to say very succinctly on Facebook or Twitter and then leave them be.
What I really miss though are the blogs. The LiveJournals. Being able to read about friends’ lives. That used to be fascinating, you know? There is so much that a person is willing to share when given a blank sheet of paper and no general sense of direction. You can learn a lot from them and about them in a way that you can’t from reading a 140 character Tweet or a simple little Facebook status. To further that point, I could’ve simply tweeted “I miss reading my friends’ LiveJournals” instead of writing this post, but it just doesn’t have the same effect.