About a month ago, someone in my Steamfeed community posed a very simple question to the rest of the authors…
Which social network is your favorite?
After giving the question some thought, the answer I came up with genuinely surprised me.
Because it was Pinterest.
That would be Twitter.
It wasn’t, “In which network do you spend the most time?”
That would be Facebook.
It wasn’t “In which network do you get the biggest return on your engagement?”
That would be Google Plus.
No, the word that threw me for a loop in this question was, “favorite” — mostly because so rarely anymore do I visit any social network merely for the pleasure of it.
But when I do, more often than not, it’s Pinterest.
Perhaps this is because…
- Sometimes Pinterest is like a library, where I lose myself in words and ideas birthed by minds far greater than mine and given new life online by some proactive soul with access to stock photography and Photoshop.
- Sometimes Pinterest is like a museum, full of galleries of art I both love and loathe — all of which makes me deeply feel. And I’m drawn to sit, to sort, to contemplate and to share.
- Sometimes Pinterest is like sifting through someone’s most cherished photo albums, getting a tour of their home or peering into the corners of their daydreams. For me at least, I find that it paints perhaps the truest picture of a person that I’ve seen in a social network.
And that’s important to me, because everything else in my social networks is encased in a wall of noise, marketing buzz, and grandstanding.
In order for me to wake up jazzed enough to dive into another day, I need to find something about social media that I still love.
And I guess, when it boils down to it, that thing is Pinterest and its endless network of libraries, museums and daydreams.
So, now I turn the question over to you, “Which social network is your favorite and why?”