Several years ago when I first started hearing about MySpace, I took a brief look at it and decided it wasn't for me. I had other things to do like working and writing. Holly and I were spending hours a week training for Agility. Then more and more friends joined MySpace and they gradually convinced me to hop onboard too.
I have to admit at first it was fun and it proved to be a great way to keep up to date on everyone. The big game at the time was Mafia Wars. Everybody was touting what great fun it was, so I played for a while but I just don't get this game. Racking up points, acquiring property and weapons was easy. Yet the whole time I kept wondering what is the point? And then people started getting real ugly, talking nasty to each other and making threats. I bailed out of Mafia Wars.
Around this time I noted friends were abandoning MySpace. For whatever reasons the charm had worn off. It was no longer the place to share pictures or personal ancedotes. Honestly I can't pinpoint any one thing that caused the exodus. Gradually we all joined FaceBook perhaps because it was like the early days of MySpace.
Back then I enjoyed FaceBook. I could post to my wall and actually get responses from friends. I could go onto their walls and see what they've been up to, check out pictures and leave messages. Yes, I played some games, mostly ones that my friends were playing. The best part was we didn't need to be in the same game to chat while playing.
Do I dare mention FarmVille? Everybody is nuts about FarmVille. Any more I hate going out on FaceBook because of it. My running joke for months has been "if you want to get someone's attention on FaceBook you have to offer a FarmVille freebie".
I want to blame Zynga yet at the same time I feel like screaming at friends "enough already!" Posts to walls are buried under tons of "share" debris. Most days I assume friends are still alive because they're playing games. But then again, I could be wrong. I know for a fact 2 are deceased and 6 have blocked FarmVille yet I'm still getting game stuff from them. Yesterday I got an email from FarmVille to inform me a certain friend needed help to finish a quest. Who'd of guessed you could play FarmVille in the afterlife?
My sense of humor suggests I post a semi-nude photo but unless I was offering bushels of cherries or free FarmVille bucks I rather doubt the majority would notice.
Until the latest FaceBook revision there was a drop-down menu on our home page with choices to filter out the clutter. I do not like the new version; it's a pain in the tush. However, you can group family / friends in order to see their status updates, links and pictures. But it's still a pain. For me at least, the charm has most definitely worn off.
My Twitter followers are increasing daily. For the record, there's only three I actually know. If Twitter ever opens up to games and there isn't another network waiting in the wings to take it's place I guess I'll go back to writing letters.