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How often to we take the time to look back on the enormous, virtual footprint we've left ever since social media became a part of our lives? In order to do this, you need to rewind back to a time where AskJeeves was a search engine was just as valuable as Yahoo! or Google. Back to when AIM profiles were the grandfather of Facebook. I remember how reluctant I was to join Facebook, thinking it was some obsessive fad.
I preferred MySpace because it allowed me to explore an uncharted world full of underground musicians (well, that and the pretty backgrounds it offered), but beyond that, I thought it less as a social media platform and more of a "why does this half naked woman want to friend me?" platform.
Regardless, I have always been reluctant to jump on the next big social media wagon—that is until I discovered YouTube. I fell in love with the ability to visually connect with a world full of compelling individuals. To the world, we are all sexless, ageless persons with a unique voice. I still favor this platform to this day, even though Facebook does preoccupy a lot of my time.
Eventually, I involved myself in everything: Tumblr, Twitter, Blogger, 43 Things, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, etc. Some I love more than others, but I find it vital to stay up to day with these sites in a professional, kind manner, especially since we become such public individuals via the Internet (what shows up when you Google yourself?)
All of our social media paths were different. We’ve grown up in an inimitable time to be able to watch and be a part of this evolution. What’s your story? Share your story in the comment section below!