Social media is not my thing. When Facebook came out, it creeped me and I decided to skip it and did. I joined Twitter early, but never got into it much. I set up my personal Twitter account in 2009 and I've posted exactly one time. Using my @crrdlx Twitter, I engage a bit, thanks mostly to POSH and another Hive project (now defunct). The Hive outreach possibility is a large, ripe field and is undeniable...people gotta be learned. I did enjoy and gained a lot from reddit, particularly r/bitcoin years back, but it got a bit strange. I shied away.
And, then I found Hive. For me, joining the social side of Hive has been slow. It cuts against my innate grain. But, I've learned meaningful engagement is likely the number one component for "success" here, however that may be defined. And, somehow, it felt okay to join in...definitely not Facebook creepy.
The real reason I'm writing here is not my social media history, it's birds.
Early this week my wife and I were in Apalachicola, FL on a getaway. There was a mulberry tree with many ripe berries (not many trees were yet ripe). We love mulberries and planned to pick a few when convenient.
The next morning, a flock of birds were having a free for all feasting on the berries. I walked over, looked them over, didn't recognize the bird. I figured I'd go back for a camera, take a photo, then ask others. Upon my return one minute later, every bird and every ripe berry was gone. Are you serious?
Reddit has a great r/whatsthisbird subreddit. People there know their birds. I made this post there. Some replies came in. And, this is where my comparison comes into play.
Drawn by me using good ol' pen and paper.
D vs C social media
With Hive, I've gotten accustomed to Decentralized social media, and have forgotten about the Centralized like reddit. I got a few upvotes there and then realized...oh, they're really not worth anything. My upvote back is also worth nothing. I guess it helps build reputation (not like Hive"s reputation system), but unofficially. It reminded me...while on reddit, I'm working for them. I created content for them. I generaed engagement for them. I gave them something others might talk about and share and grow their platform. They now own and control it. So different there versus here.
I still wish I knew who those little berry thieves are.
Not on Hive yet? Watch the animation I made: The Hive Story Animation and you'll learn all about it. The top benefits of the Hive blockchain: (1) no ONE person/group runs it, (2) YOU own and control your content, and (3) YOU earn the rewards that your content generates. Learn more or consider using my referral link to get your free account here and I'll support you as you begin. Alternately, you can see other sign-up options here.