Jun 15, 2013 by


When I decided to start launching websites, I didn’t realize just how important the social media aspect of it would be.  I feel like I’m joining a different one every day, realizing how each one of them works, and then getting a headache as I learn the ins and outs of each one.  Still, if I want to give this career a go, I’m going to have to keep up with the social media market.  Even this early in the game, I’ve realized that each different site has its own distinct personality.  Some I like, and some others….uhhh, not so much.  It almost got me thinking that they are each like an individual member of your family, so I came up with the idea of the social media sites being a member of your family at Christmas Dinner.  Random I know, but just go with me on this one.  I haven’t used this word since about 7th grade but if I remember correctly, this is called anthropomorphism.


facebookFACEBOOK:  Facebook is, for better or worse, your parents.  You’re always trying to impress them, showing them baby pictures, and it’s important you come across well.  They think they know everything, but there’s always small things you hold back.  Can’t be totally honest in front of them and even the jokes you tell have to be PG-13, but you make your life sound just a little more interesting than it really is.  You can have a little fun around them but you can’t go crazy like you would in front of other relatives.  They are a bottle of wine type of night instead of a bottle of tequila.  There’s no getting things past your parents or Facebook.  You love them dearly but you kind of feel they are the eye in the sky….always watching you!


linked inLINKED IN:  Linked In is your very business like uncle.  He’s always serious and rigid and frowns every time you ask for a refill of your red wine.  He comments on your shabby clothing and tells you that you could be doing better with your life.  He likes to constantly compare you to other people, and tells you the job titles of all the successful people you know, thus making you feel inferior.  He’s the uncle that you tolerate because you have to, but there’s no fun to be had around him.



<img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1155" alt="google plus" src="×150.jpeg" width="150" height="150" srcset="×150 best project management software.jpeg 150w, 225w” sizes=”(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px” />GOOGLE PLUS:  Google Plus is your eccentric younger cousin that you just can’t figure out.  He’s got some great ideas every now and then, but he hasn’t really put them to use.  You feel like he could either be homeless in 5 years or a self made millionaire.  His parents were both very successful so you want to give him the benefit of the doubt because of his lineage, but he’s not a kid anymore and if he’s going to prove to be successful he better start soon.




twitterTWITTER:  Twitter is your crazy, fun, wild female cousin who is beautiful in an unorthodox type of way.  She is the type of woman that any guy would like to hang out with and even sleep with, but no guy can imagine taking her home to his parents.  She’s just a little bit too out there, too much of a wild card.  She’s telling borderline out of line jokes in front of the relatives, and there’s no doubt that she’s going to be the one that you hit up the bar with after the Christmas Dinner is over….She’s always the most fun relative to see, and you wonder why you don’t hang out with her more.  Then she gets drunk at the bar, throws a glass at the bartender and you remember why it’s good you only see her a few times a year.


redditREDDIT:  Reddit is your uncle who just won’t shut up.  He talks a mile a minute, and you can never get a word in.  Half the time you don’t know what he’s talking about, although some times he’ll spit out some absolute gems.  Problem is he talks so much, that you’ve already tuned out when the good ones come around.  He’s the one at the Christmas Dinner that if he corners you, you know you won’t get away for at least 15 or 20 minutes.




instagramINSTAGRAM:  Instagram is the artsy aunt who has never had 9 to 5 in her life.  She’s always doing one thing or another but she never really explains what it is.  She has a great heart and everyone likes her but she’s a bit off.  She always wears beige, usually has a hat on, and frequently looks like she just came from a music festival.




myspaceMYSPACE:  MySpace is the drunk uncle who keeps talking about the good old days.  He’s always talking about what a great athlete he was in high school and brags about all the girls he slept with in college.  He talks about how  great his job used to be and that him and his old friend Tom used to run every thing back in the day.  You know he’s not doing that well now because he never brings up the present…..he’s very much living in the past.




friendster3FRIENDSTER:  Friendster is the guy who no one is quite sure how he is related to the family and why he gets invited every year.  He usually just gets drunk with the MySpace uncle and swears that he was big back in the day too……..but everyone just rolls their eyes.  “Shit, MySpace and Friendster are getting drunk again and talking about the good old days.”  is a common statement heard as everyone is eating.  It’s usually these two that end out ruining the Social Media Christmas Dinner!



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