2012 Internet Culture?

If you ask me, 2012 does not seem as if it was half a decade ago. In my last post, I talked briefly about how different internet culture was in 2012 compared to now, or at least, in my experience it is. By 2012, everyone had been on Facebook for quite some time. Facebook was THE social media platform. It had long since replaced MySpace and was picking up speed very rapidly; however, the problem was becoming that literally everyone was using Facebook, including old people. Adults were one thing that millenials did not have to worry about on MySpace, but on Facebook? They collected and gathered by the millions, sharing recipes, posting pics of their middle child’s soccer game, a 10th wedding anniversary post, boundless obligatory “happy birthdays” on people’s walls. They sort of joined and made young people move over for their cringy attempts at social media. For me, 2012 was when I quit using Facebook and moved to Twitter and Tumblr. I never deleted my Facebook profile, I just quit checking it and posting, which was good because now I am back on it quite regularly. So there I am, 15-years old, ravenous for Harry Potter fandom content. Tumblr was a must. It was fit to burst with fandoms and memes. The site was hilarious to me. I would sit on there for hours and hours and laugh at this (what I thought then) high quality humor. I would sit during study hall in school and use up data on my very basic smart phone and show everyone my reblogs for the day. They would, in turn, show me a funny post on Facebook and I would internally chuckle because I had seen that months ago. I was at the top of the meme heirarchy in 2012. Besides Tumblr, I really got into Twitter. At that point, not many of my local friends had one, let alone used it frequently. I used it mainly to follow celebrities and I tweeted things that I’m glad are 5 years deep in my timeline. Good and buried under the tweet progression of my life. Twitter made you feel so close to famous people and today it still does (though sometimes I think we wish we had a little less of the POTUS on there). It was like the first social media to allow you to quickly and concisely communicate with anyone at any time. Those two sites were my escape from the “stuck life”. I felt a little bigger than myself and felt just a tiny bit more important. To my friend group, I felt revolutionary. Fast forward to today, I still use both Twitter and Tumblr daily, along with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The platforms have changed so much, but I will forever love the evolution. Social media gets such a bad rep nowadays, but I think it’s the best thing to happen to the “stuck kids”. Connection to something other than the same 100 kids you see every single day for 12 years is like liquid gold. As I think about my move to Nashville, I like to think about how social media is actually going to keep me connected TO my small town. I will get to watch, from afar, the drama, pettiness, and smallmindedness that still festers there, without actually having to dwell within it. Essentially, god save the social media!


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