- Tue, 21:28: RT @DrErinGilbertGB: We decorated a bit... https://t.co/t9aRGPTK7w
- Tue, 21:43: A little bird tells me it’s @graveyardgreg’s birthday. Either that little bird is nuts, or I should say Happy Birthday. Best to not risk it.
- Tue, 22:00: Gnite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)
- Wed, 08:48: TelegrAIM https://t.co/BcuJDbgRtZ
- Wed, 08:53: Twitter keeps trying to shove a certain national disgrace in my face. Gonna go mostly dark today to avoid it.
- Wed, 11:25: New commissions coming in! :D Which means I need to get cranking on the ones I’ve already got. ;) #AmDrawing
- Wed, 11:55: RT @swear_trek: Scotty: Solutioner https://t.co/I79apmO1hr
- Wed, 11:58: Pretty sure that's her Pappy Smith. https://t.co/mV9KhoSglL
December 7th, 2016
I pretty much stopped paying attention to new social media platforms a while ago. They were coming and going so fast, there seemed little point in getting invested in any of them because they’d just be gone the next day. So other than a foray into Tumblr, I’ve stuck with Twitter and LiveJournal for some time, and those three covered most of my needs or wants in the social realm. Except for one thing: I missed chat.
I dumped AIM and ICQ ages ago due to security holes and general bugginess, but doing so left a big hole in my connections with friends. Anyone who wasn’t on Twitter pretty much faded into the distance, and even on Twitter the DMs tend to be spotty and slow for a lot of things.
But this past weekend at Midwest Furfest, the phrase I kept hearing over and over again was, “Do you have Telegram?” Everybody and their sister was using it to connect for commissions, to plan meal outings, whatever. So I decided that I’d better look into it. A quick download and a few keystrokes later, I was up and running on both the desktop and my phone.
My first thought? “Wow, it’s like the glory days of ICQ again!” You don’t get the adorable little “Uh-oh!” when a message comes in, you just get a beep, but you’ve got a friends list (based primarily on your phone’s contacts), in descending order based on how recently they’ve posted something (basically a less binary “online/offline” notification) and you can toss in emoji, “stickers” (which are basically GIF images like meme posts), and so on.
The best part, for me, is that I immediately restored contact with people I hadn’t been in touch with for years, or at best had sporadic contact through slower channels. We didn’t necessarily have real deep discussions beyond “Hey! You’re on Telegram! I’m on Telegram! We can chat again, yaaaay!” but it had the warm and happy feeling of coming home.
Given how depressing Twitter has become since the election, I would not be surprised if I spend less time there and more time on Telegram, where I can have more focused conversations with friends and “opt out” of the relentless barrage of bad news when I need a break. Over the years I’ve had amazing and transformative discussions with friends via chat, and maybe that can start happening again. 🙂
Three Good Things For Today
- Found some more friends on Telegram
- Had a good workout via DailyBurn
- Picked up Josie & The Pussycats #3
- Bonus Good Thing: Accepted (and got paid for) a biggish commission
- Bonus Good Thing: Rewatched Zootopia
- Bonus Good Thing: Yummy veggie burgers
- Bonus Good Thing: Haircut thanks to laurie_robey
Three Goals For Tomorrow
- Doctor visit and other stuff in VA
- Pencil Rough Housing issue 5 page 5
- Night court with AppleJack
- Bonus Goal: More fursona tweaking
Honestly, I don't know if there will be room for items 3 and 4, but I'm gonna try!
Meanwhile, g'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow.