Disclaimer: Blogs are supposed to be easy on the eyes and NOT LONG. So to satisfy those criteria, I broke this particular blog into two!
Being online is like a game of let’s pretend. Let’s pretend that we are actually face-to-face. Let us pretend that we are having an actual conversation, that’s not chopped up or not in real time. Lets us pretend that we can decipher each other’s personality through mere words and a few images.
This is very evident in social media, and definitely much more challenging. Without the aid of one’s actual presence, one must be able to express who they are. From the beginning (Friendster), social media consumers have tried different ways to make their personality known with such limitations.
That is the reason why people choose different layouts; attach sparkly statements and animations to their profiles. This is a way to personalize one’s digital footprint in the online world. It is possible for one’s footprint to not remain ordinary; actually, it is essential for it not to be so.
Your footprint can be pink, full of swirls or edgy with a touch of black. Websites containing
collections of such designs had also cropped up, and consumers gobbled them, demanding more.
People love to personalize, to make something their own. That’s why I find it funny that
Facebook became such a hit even though it seriously lacked in the personalization area. One of the few things that you can personalize is your profile picture and your teeny “about me” box. Even then, you are limited because of your white Facebook wall.
There are no glitters, no moving animation, no (my personal favorite) pink swirls. The wallpaper of Facebook (again, blank white wall) is the same for all and the fonts are also the same.
To be continued…