First of all, I apoligize for the major lacking in the bloggage department. Things have been absolutely insane right now with school work, and just living life in general. During my almost three week hiatus (that wasn’t really a hiatus because it wasn’t planned), I was thinking about the world of the Internet that we all live in and the Social Networking that comes along with it. I’m starting to think I’m spread way too thin on the Internet. I know that people have a ton more Social Networking sites than I do, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed to be perfectly honest.

So, here we go with the list, and why they’re awesome and I don’t want to delete them. And a nifty rating system of tiny little hearts. Maybe this will help me figure out my plight. Oh, and if you’re on any of these, add me. (Ha!) 5 Hearts means I can’t let it go, and 1 heart means the love is already gone. And as for Catster, that’s my cat’s business and I’m not going to rate it. But it is a fun site for kitty people like me.

LiveJournal: I’ve been on it for way too long, my current journal on there goes from June of 2003, so almost 6 years. I’ll never delete it, there’s no way. Although I don’t update it much, that was/is my personal outlet on the Internet, more so than here. I also read my old entries for a laugh every now and then. It’s fun and funny to see how much I’ve changed in the years past.

Flickr: I pay for this one so obviously I love it and don’t want to get rid of it. I’ll probably end up deleting pictures in the future and use it for my kids or something. People can order prints from it, and it’s a great thing. I love the interface, I like being able to upload what I want, and I’ve got some great friends on there. Flickr goes nowhere right now.

Facebook: I hate the new interface, but I like having family and friends all in one place. Next to none of my family members are on MySpace, so FB is good for this. I also like being able to add people from my classes during the semester so when I start to get lazy and miss a class or two I can just wall post them and find out what I missed. One gripe? STOP TRYING TO BE LIKE TWITTER. You’re not Twitter.

Twitter: Simple, clean, easy to use. I like it! Enough said. Once I actually do something with my life and become a teacher, it might be gone. Hell, I like it enough to install and use TwitterFox on my FireFox. Clearly, since Tweets pop up all the time, it’s something I care about.

Listography: I’m OCD, I like making lists, and it’s cool to see how OCD other people are. I don’t update this much, but I do like reading and logging in at least once a week. The site’s mascot is a kitty too, how can I say no? It’s fun to have a list online just in case I throw out that crumpled, cigarette burned, coffee stained sticky note in a cleaning frenzy. I give it three stars because it doesn’t HAVE to be updated all the time like some of these other guys. A once a week login is enough.

MySpace: I really don’t like you. REALLY. The only reason I don’t delete you is because Keith and I also made a myspace for our old radio show. So, I’d still technically be on there and that annoys me. I really, REALLY hate the new layout, the ads, the shitty layouts people make. It was once cool, but I’m really getting over it.

Plurk: I’m getting annoyed, but I have lots of friends on it that I enjoy reading. The EXACT same friends that are on Twitter. Even Keith stopped using it a while ago. And by a while I mean last summerish…I’m thinking this one is going soon. Do I need Plurk AND Twitter?

SocialVibe: Great idea, but I’ve long forgotten about it since they sent me my pink balls. I don’t sell myself on myspace so that badge is probably not giving me any points. I also hate the point system. When there’s nothing else to do I’ll answer the QOTD. But I also don’t want to delete something having to do with charity. Ehh, it just bores me.

With all of this being said, what do you think? Do you delete accounts you don’t use? I have a compulsion where if I don’t delete what I don’t use, I get really uncomfortable. I have to delete it if I don’t use it. I think J and I have talked about this before. Keith can just let things sit and rot on the Internet. I can’t do it. Meh, what’s a girl to do in this world full of social networking?

15 Responses to “Oh, Internet & Social Networking…”

  1. on 22 Mar 2009 at 3:29 pmMonique

    I fucking hate the new facebook interface. In fact I joined that group against the new look. I also feel the same way about myspace. I really do not use it. I have no need for it whatsoever. I want to delete it and I should it’s not like I like it. I do not use Plurk, I love Twitter. Im a bonafide twitterholic.

  2. on 22 Mar 2009 at 4:29 pmKristin

    I love Flickr! If only I could get a new camera to actually USE it haha. I need to check out LIstography, I am OCD with to do lists!!! I like Plurk and Twitter. <3 I like how Plurk is set up for the replies and such. :) Good post chickie!

  3. on 23 Mar 2009 at 3:59 pmKaty

    The only thing I use regularly now is Twitter. =P

    Hey just wanted to let you know that your RSS feed isn’t working!

  4. on 23 Mar 2009 at 4:42 pmKylie

    I love livejournal more than words can possibly express, and I don’t even write in my journal, I just keep up with communities. I use facebook for the same reason as you, to keep in touch with family and friends, but I really kind of hate it. I also keep my myspace account active and log in every once in awhile to keep up with friends but I never, ever update it. Twitter is my loverrr<3

  5. on 23 Mar 2009 at 6:57 pmDeanna

    I used to have a livejournal but I never really used it very much. I’m sure it’s still on there somewhere but I let it die. I wouldn’t know how to get back on there. I just use my blog as my journal. A lot of my entries got lost when I lost one of my websites, but I still have a year or two on there I think.

    Flickr is not a site I have ever signed up with. I have a photobucket account and a piccasa account so I don’t feel the need for Flickr.

    I like facebook. It is the site I go to most often I think. I don’t mind the new interface. I have also never used Twitter so to me I don’t notice that they are similar.

    I also hate Myspace. I don’t even know if I still have an account on there. I’m pretty sure that I deleted it.

    I use Plurk. Like I said, I don’t use Twitter, so I really enjoy Plurk.

    Yeah, I don’t really like having sites with my profile on them if I don’t go there anymore, but generally I just let them die. I usually forget what the site address is. I have recently deleted myself from a few sites though. I’m starting to make myself more conscious of the sites I’m on with being a teacher now.

  6. on 24 Mar 2009 at 12:06 amJ

    I don’t care if I have accounts not being used so long as my username is the same on them all. Hollowstar was unavailable on Yahoo, MySpace and Twitter so I made my Plurk name hollowj… but now I wish I hadn’t and everyday I contemplate making yet another Plurk account to be hollowstar on there. I’m lame.

  7. on 24 Mar 2009 at 11:06 pmAndrea

    I keep things that I don’t use anymore. Lately I’ve been using facebook more than myspace, but I still keep my myspace. I’m weird. haha.

    I love twitter though, and I agree – it’s sad that facebook is trying to become it..haha. Or that twitter is the “cool” thing now, so all these dumb people are joining.

  8. on 25 Mar 2009 at 9:53 pmAly

    That’s a neat idea of rating the different social networking sites. I have accounts with a fair few of the ones you mentioned, but the only ones I use regularly are Facebook and Twitter. I agree about the new Facebook UI though…they keep changing it and it’s never for the better! I hadn’t heard of Listography though until I read this…it sounds interesting, so I’m going to check it out. Thanks! Anyway, take care, and thanks for the comment at my blog! Cheerio!

  9. on 26 Mar 2009 at 1:28 pmLauren

    I have so many online accounts too, and half of them I have just signed up for, looked for a minute and then left. I never delete them though, I didn’t think of that.
    I like to use Twitter, Listography, Flickr (although I haven’t renewed my account this year), and Live Journal. I also like Goodreads for organising what I read.

  10. on 27 Mar 2009 at 2:55 pmJennifer

    Ugh, do you remember that scene in Mean Girls when Regina is like, “Gretchen, stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen! It’s not going to happen!” I want to scream at Facebook, “Stop trying to be Twitter! It’s not going to happen!” That new interface really peeves me. That being said, if I were to ever get rid of my Myspace or FaceBook, I’d have a lot of coworkers and family members totally pissed, so I’ll have to keep them around forever…and ever.

    Plurk, I’m not necessarily into. BrightKite does the same thing and I like it more, but I’m competitive and WANT those karma points! And that’s funny that you keep your livejournal. I had a greatestjournal back in the day that I refuse to get rid of because I like seeing what I was up to back then.

  11. on 29 Mar 2009 at 2:16 amRachel

    Well, I use all of those except listography. SocialVibe…I think you can ditch it. It’s questionable if it even donates that much to charity. I’m skeptical of stuff like that.

    You can update your plurk, facebook, and twitter at the same time by just updating plurk. I think you go to settings to set it up. So that could save you some stress.

    I definitely know what you mean. I’ve been feeling the same way lately. I joined too many message boards too. I’m dropping them all except three though. And I’ll never ever get rid of my lj although I might ditch my blog.

  12. on 29 Mar 2009 at 9:39 amGel

    I usually don’t delete my accounts online. Sometimes I make an account at some site, be active there for a couple of months (or probably a couple of years?) then eventually get tired of and move on. I rarely delete accounts unless it’s very necessaary. I’ve heard all of those things you mentioned except for Listography. I’m gonna go check it out after posting this comment ;) Thanks for sharing it.

    My first ever ACTIVE livejournal account (but it’s no longer active now) contains about 1000 comments. I regularly posted there for about 3 years but then eventually I stopped. Other online accounts I have are from Plurk, Twitter (inactive), Facebook (inactive), Friendster, Multiply, etc. etc. etc. Haha :)

  13. on 31 Mar 2009 at 2:21 amKristelle

    I have the SAME obsession! I sign up on so many sites but at the same time I’m always deleting random profiles. I can’t stand leaving them, even if I clear everything, I still just have to delete the account. And yes I agree myspace is getting lame.

  14. on 05 Apr 2009 at 11:22 pmHolly

    Hmm, the only ones I use as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. I also HAVE an LJ, but I don’t post there anymore and only visit it to read my Friends page. :)

  15. on 22 Apr 2009 at 6:32 amLuke

    Interesting entry . I use Twitter and Facebook regularly . I gave up on Myspace because it is so full of bugs and to few people I know are on Bebo . I haven’t used deleted either my Myspace or Bebo profile yet .

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