Your mood. Your feelings. Your day. Your yesterday. Your tomorrow. In that little box on the top of your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Tumblr, you put what is on your mind at that moment for the whole world to see.
“Hell week next week. 3 exams in 3 days, looks like no sleep for me” – Thursday
A status update can be therapy, a joke, a question, a statement, an opinion, a call for help, a declaration of war or anything that you want it to be. You had a bad day? Head to the internet and state your problems. Do not know what to eat for lunch? Consult your twitter. Got a promotion? Celebrate with your circle!
“If you are not here at this party right now, then your not living!!!! So Live!!!!!!” – Friday
Examples of status updates could be seen everywhere on the internet but it only applies to where you are in life right now. High school was the times where status updates dealt with petty teenage drama and the like. Who is talking to whom or who is going to the flagpole to fight someone else or did you read her text about so-and-so? College is where status updates focused on the extremes. Instances of how much you drank last night vs. how hungover you feel the day after or how long you been up to study for that one exam. The years after college might see the little successes that you experience until you get to full blown adulthood. First adult job or engagements of your friends or ownership of your own place. It is a bit blurry before and after these times for our good ole’ friend, the status update, but it is a big part of peoples’ lives when someone comes to these little landmarks in their lifetime.
“I can’t believe the Gators just messed up that field goal, woulda won that game!!!” – Saturday
The main (maybe? sorta? ulterior?) reason people make status updates would be the things that happen right after a status update is posted: likes, comments and possibly retweets and shares, basically the tip jar of social media. You could leave your 0.02 or a whole dollar and people will follow suit when they see tips in your tip jar. If only a status update was more of a physical tip jar than a metaphorical tip jar, people would make jobs out of social media.
“Nothing better than a mocha cappucino on this bright windy afternoon. I still hate that my professor assigned us fifty calculus questions for hw :(” – Sunday
Facebook supposedly caught on the concept by the social media stalkers of the world have already found out; your status updates and interactions with other people are like a time machine from when you first started on the social media experience. The time machine that can bring back memories of how you where feeling that day when you got fired and had a rant on twitter. Maybe the memory of the joy you had when the food you ate that day hit the spot so well and everyone agreed or became envious of your appetite. Status updates are like a diary or journal but only in small segments. It is fun to read back on what you wrote (tweeted or facebooked).
“Monday :( Me no likey.” – Monday