I know this is a little late in terms of technology and updates, but if you’re on Facebook you’ve noticed that the traditional “like” system has replaced itself with an optional range of emoticons. From “like” to “love” to “haha”, “wow”, “sad”, and “angry”; this new system allows interaction between social media aficionados to be more complex than ever before. It’s more than obvious why Facebook turned to this new system: a major flaw that’s plagued simple conversation since the beginning of instant messaging. Users have been forced to “like” messages coming from grieving widows and cancer patients. A bit of an, erm, awkward experience from both sides if you really think about it.
In a world going through the final steps of globalization, social media platforms are turning into daily routine. Twitter, an online social networking service that was created in March 2006, has been dominating the recent surge of social media since the (beginning of the) collapse of Facebook, which should be losing 80% of its users by 2017. While the social platform game has drastically changed since the pioneering of cluttered sites like Myspace, which launched on August 1st, 2003, the gimmick of Twitter has (for the most part) stayed the same throughout its current lifespan.