I just had a thought, and I feel like it could make for an interesting recurring feature. Not just here, but anywhere, so feel free to steal it. I'm going to list out the places where I'm spending most of my time on social, or the ones that I'm enjoying most; in half a year, or whatever, I'll check back and see how things have changed.
Here's where I'm at right now:
Facebook: My go-to
It's weird and not a little bit hypocritical to look at how often I mock Facebook, and then come to grips with the fact that I actually love it quite a lot. I detoxed it last summer, and ever since it's been a much better experience. I also really love how they do trends; that is, I love that they actually explain what something is and why it's trending. I find tons of valuable content that way.
Twitter: Lists, baby!
Twitter Lists didn't come into my personal or professional social-media life soon enough, but now I can't get enough of them. It's such a useful way to organize things. And really, we all contain multitudes. We ought to have a social network that allows us to segment those out.
Instagram: Where I get motivated
I've built my Instagram into a shrine to the outdoors, along with a dose of car, retail, and sports porn. Flipping through it gets me itching to get outside, which we could all use a little more of. I also updated my profile with a new goal in mind: "Pretty much a scrapbook/catalog/journal to make sure I get out and see and do cool stuff."
Snapchat: The thing I'm flirting with the most
I really want to be all over Snapchat, but I don't have a ton of friends on it, so it's a little tough to post regularly. Still, I love messing with the features. In a way, it might be my favorite social network—when I use it, it's just fun.
WhatsApp: My community hub
My wife and I are in a parenting group (a group for new parents, only we kept meeting long after our kids passed six months), and we all keep in touch via WhatsApp. It's super useful in instances like the other day, when my son had an allergic reaction and I needed to know if it was safe to give him Benadryl. We have multiple nurses and medical-care workers in the group, who are far more trustworthy than Google. It was also a giant help coordinating when we all took a trip to Hawaii together recently.
Pinterest: Veggin' out
Literally, this is my Keeping Up With the Kardashians. For me, it's completely devoid of any real value, and that's just the way I like it. It's there for when I just need to zone out and veg out for a bit, with a boatload of cool-looking stuff. It's the empty calories of social networks, and feels great to chug after a long day.
That's it. What are your favorite networks at the moment? Tweet me and let me know.