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I live in Tumblr.

The vast majority of my online life is spent either researching random things that cross my mind, such as pokemon related things or the nearest pizza place, and Tumblr. I absolutely love it. Tumblr has fostered my sense of curiosity, strengthened my critical thinking abilities, and even provided me with quite a few good laughs and stories along the way, like this one.

Tumblr helped to me truly understand feminism, privilege and oppression, gender expression, and so much more. People will knock Tumblr and say how it’s all about “slacktivism” and the people are there don’t actually fact check anything and so on and so forth. However, Tumblr has millions on millions of users. You’re only allowed to follow 5,000 blogs. How could someone possibly know how every single person on there acts? I speak from experience when I say I have truly learned and grown since joining Tumblr almost 5 years ago. I’ve met so many friends on there, and discovered things about friends I have in real life that I never would’ve guessed. Something about Tumblr just allows people to spill their innermost thoughts and secrets. They can really be themselves. People can identify with how they truly feel, whether they be a biromatic, asexual, transgender person of color or a cisgender, heterosexual, white male. I would post links, but I honestly prefer to keep my Tumblr URL private. However, I can say that if it weren’t for Tumblr, I wouldn’t be as open-minded, accepting, socially active and engaged, or even remotely interested in politics. I absolutely live and love my online life on Tumblr.

How do I live online?

I’m an avid user of social media. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, if it’s popular, I’m probably on it. Facebook is my favorite because not only do I get all the news of current events from there I’m also able to watch hilarious videos. My family will always ask what new videos I have to show them when I come home from VCU. I also really enjoy using Snapchat with my friends. It’s fun to send pictures that can only be viewed for a certain time, plus I’m able to add emojis or text. It’s genius. I do think that social media has become a problem in today’s society. It’s sad to see people only looking at their phones instead of conversing with each other. I’m guilty of this sometimes, but I try not to be on my phone if I’m with my family or my boyfriend. There’s only so much time you can spend with your loved ones.

My one remarkable story about Facebook is that I first talked to my significant other on this platform. It’s kind of how we met. I was a freshman in high school, still pretty shy, and he was a new student that moved to Virginia from New York. We would see each other around school and smile, but nothing more until we became “Facebook friends.”

(As I type this I’m a little embarrassed) How do I live online?

He didn’t have a phone so our only way of communication was through Facebook, so I was constantly on, browsing my feed. I became addicted to checking my profile and I had to limit myself from how many times I went online in a certain period. That was a very dark place…How do I live online?

But I finally realized life needed to be lived, not browsed, and instead of hiding behind the computer we both went on dates and are still together to this day. I guess you could say that Facebook was our Match.com.

 

How Do I Live Online?

How do I live online?

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I’ll admit I am an avid user of social media. It started when I was in 8th grade. I joined Yahoo Answers in 2009, I was just so fascinated at the fact that I could talk to and connect with people who did not go to my school. By 2010 my friend convinced to join Facebook because I was practically the only person at school who did not have one. As of now I am pretty much an avid user of all the major social media networks, i.e. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, I prowl around Facebook from time to time, and I’ve created a couple blogs that are now abandoned.

Out of all of the social media communities I belong to, I would say I enjoy Twitter the most. Twitter feels just like one large community with different sub communities within it. I’ve honestly connected and made friends with people here at VCU through Twitter. I can talk to a stranger on Twitter who is talking about the same topic I am without feeling uncomfortable about it. I can stay up to date on pop culture events as well as gossip and stuff that are happening around VCU. It is honestly so fascinating to me how I can how I can access so much information just by a tap and a scroll on my phone.

I definitely have a few stories from my experience on Twitter. I have had a few encounters with a couple celebrities, I have created tweets that received hundreds of retweets, I even met my ex boyfriend on Twitter haha… However my favorite story would be when I was 15 years old, a couple of my friends, my brother and I all went to a Drake concert (I assume everyone knows who Drake is). When I got to the concert my friends and I were on Twitter and a popular radio station in the DC, Virginia area tweeted that they were holding a contest. The contest was whoever found the radio station booth and shouted out the station would automatically get the chance to meet the rapper J. Cole (who is currently a platinum selling artist and Grammy nominated). My friends and I found the booth in an area of the concert venue that almost seemed abandoned. We walked up and shouted our names out on air and right after that they told us we could meet J. Cole. While I was waiting, I texted a couple of my friends that I knew were at the concert and told them to come to the booth and so they got to meet J. Cole too. I was literally so nervous when I met him, I did not even speak, I just said “hi”. I can honestly say that that may be my favorite Twitter story as of today. Maybe I will have even better stories in the future.

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Yeah! Wechat! Finally get to show everyone this great app! What is it? Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeChat

For me, maybe for the most of people in China. It’s the most convenient and useful app ever. It’s the best! The reason I like it because it’s FREE. Well, I know it’s not enough reason since there are so many apps are free. Let me show you some pictures then you’ll see why I like it the most.

The profile picture is my dog’s paw! Is it big compare with my hand next to it? Haha I love him! I set it in english for everyone to understand it. On the right side, if you go to “moment”. You will see all your friend’s moment in it. What are they doing, reading, listening or watching. As long as they post it there. No matter picture, video, article or music, you will see it! Another name for “moment” is friend circle. Obviously, the circle only has your friend. So it’s not a public space. Only your friend can see your post, comment it, share it or like it. And also, you can block someone from seeing your post just in case you add someone by “force”. That one of reasons why I like it. I don’t have to deal with strangers.

In “wallet”, you can binding your credit or debit card to your account. You can transfer money so easily to your friend. There are so many restaurants in China that you can use “wechat” to pay the check and sometimes you get some off! Isn’t it great? My mom just so excited about it. This summer when we went to a restaurant the first thing she asked is not the menu but “Can I pay by wechat? What? You are telling me no? Ask your manager i think it should be yes!”

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Sticker Gallery! Just like emoji but it has more emotions than emoji. You can download stickers from the sticker gallery, you also can save sticker from your friend which you found interesting. (internet sticker, can be jpg or gif). I have so many silly stickers from my friend. Silly us.

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I use it everyday. It’s the connection between my family, my friends and I. I have a family group (mom, dad and I). I chat with my parent everyday and sometime with all my family members since they all use it (My family members are in another group called “NO”. I don’t know who named it and why…) They share pictures, l will like it. They share article, I will read it. They share music, I will listen to it. It makes feel like that I’m not that far away from home. I’m not in another world. I can get in touch with them everyday, every minute and every second.

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I just chat with my friend he’s in Indianan. He told me that he got text book on “taobao” (a chinese shopping has everything) for 8 dollars, but it costs 180 dollars in America! Shhhh… That’s a secret, I got a lot of things cheap from it too. By the way, if you are curious about it you can ask me for that website ! Inquiry Project (Aug 28) Made in China!

The red dots on the bottom shows you how many message or moment you haven’t read. Anyway, this is my online life. It doesn’t mean a social media to me but a tangible China especially when I am here in America. (even my cute nana is using it!) I know what’s going on there. I know what family event they are going to have. I know how big the baby is now. Thanks to the technology. I Miss them.

“How do I live Online?”

It is amazing the amount of apps there are today that people use to communicate and interact with. The world wouldn’t be t he same without apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube etc.   I use many of those; since I am a person that loves music whenever I want to hear a song I go to Youtube. or Pandora Youtube has been around for many years and I never thought it would stay free till this day. I like Pandora but it was better when it had unlimited skips.  Spotify is also a great app for music but as well as Pandora you have to pay a monthly fee to have all the great features.

 

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I have a tendency to use Twitter and Instagram as well to see what friends are up to and also post a picture of something interesting Im doing but not to often. The one I find myself using more and I the one I think is more beneficial to me is Facebook. The reason why it benefits me more is because I have many relatives in Mexico and since my relatives over there use Facebook more than any other app I can easily communicate with them form here.  Ive had Facebook for around six or seven years, and since it first came out the ways to communicate with people has definitely improved.  For example now you can even call people using Facebook , something you weren’t able to do in the past years. “How do I live Online?”

 

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All of the apps out there are great for people to interact and communicate.

 

My online life

The internet has changed so much in the years since it was created and popularized. A lot of our everyday tasks seem to be done on the internet, and without it this world would be completely different than what it is now. With all of the apps and different things one can do with the internet, how would we all survive without it?

I tend to use different apps such as Instagram and Facebook when I get bored, but my favorite app to use when I cannot find anything else to do is Pinterest. I can always find the coolest stuff on there, which makes me want to log in and search more. Currently, I am in love with anchors… I just think they are the coolest thing ever, so whenever I have nothing to do I just go to Pinterest and type in “anchors”. It is kind of crazy, but I don’t care because I have found the coolest stuff on there. Over the summer, on my way home from vacation I basically planned out my whole wedding and the interior design of my dream home through different ideas people posted about on Pinterest.

After finding this on Pinterest, I started collecting seashells while on vacation in Nagshead and then went to buy the other materials I needed to make something similar for myself.

In a way, I would be kind of sad if I could never log in to Pinterest again. I literally use this site for EVERYTHING! I use it to figure out what to make for dinner, I use it when I need ideas of what to do while babysitting, and I even used it to help my best friend plan the nursery for her baby. When I sit down and think about it, I kind of live by Pinterest because whenever I need an idea for something, that is the first place I think to go looking.

My online life

Thank you Pinterest for all the ideas you have given me and will continue to give me!

How Do I Live Online

I have been using Instagram for exactly 194 weeks now and it may be my favorite social networking site of all. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Instagram, it’s sort of like twitter for pictures. They do say a picture is worth a million words. Thats sounds a lot better than squishing words together because of a 140 character limit.

Just like on twitter, you can follow friends and acquaintances on Instagram, and you can comment on other people’s photos.  I didn’t know this when i first downloaded the app. I thought it was an app that is used just to edit photos. Not knowing that the whole world can view my posts, I would edit and post tons of pictures a day. I love taking photographs. I also love to edit them on my free time so you can only imagine how many pictures I would post daily. One day, I was feeling spontaneous and I got a tattoo. I hadn’t told anyone about it but they all found out anyway because I posted it for the world to see on Instagram. Lets just say my parents weren’t as excited as i was about my new ink. After that, I learned what Instagram really was and I loved it!

The reason I am smitten with the app is that I find, since I’ve been using it, I am much more aware of how filled with loveliness my life is. When you start looking for beauty and whimsy and grace to share with others you find them all in abundance. Instagram reminds me to be grateful for this amazing life I get to live!

I’ve posted some of my posts here, Enjoy!

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Is social media really social?

Lately, it seems my friends have become more and more obsessed with their image over social media and what other people are doing. Although I am an instagrammer, tweeter and facebooker, I try not to let these sites control my life. I value my image online as an educated young women drawn to social issues and demanding awareness; fitting due to my major. Although I spread the news through all outlets, I value my online participation on Facebook the most. I have grown up with a very judgemental family, religious in some aspects, and many are ignorant to the world of the less fortunate that I am working to improve. Facebook is where to majority of my family, many miles away go to inquire about my life. So, since I would argue my life is less than extravagant and exciting, why not inform them on something they were unaware of before?

Once, I posted an article about rape as a weapon of war in Syria due to ISIS, and my mother was furious! She could not believe I would put something so gruesome on Facebook. My rebuttal was, “This is a young woman’s real life.” I have noticed people have a way of dehumanizing the people who need to be humanized the most. Therefore, I feel as though my purpose is to inform the world of Facebook about more than a couple of cute cat videos (although those are also appreciated). The first step to solving any problem is awareness; if you don’t know it’s a problem you can’t fix it.