Sweet on social media

Do you Facebook? Recently, I had heard that Facebook is for “old people” (at least middle-aged) and not the coolest thing on the block anymore when it comes to social media. Then there’s talk about changing Twitter’s 140-character limit so that people can use it more like they do Facebook. Will that keep it cool or not?

As a modern newspaper — like any news media outlet — The Compass has a presence on several social media sites. I’ve been in the news business for a number of years, and I admit that it’s taken me a bit more time and effort to feel comfortable with any of these sites. But I have learned to use, with varying degrees of success, some of the top ones. That’s why, when I hear someone say that one or the other of these is no longer cool (or sweet), I groan and prepare to learn something new. But, in this New Year, I was happy to learn that Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter are still in the top 10. According to Experian.com, on Jan. 2, 2016, the top five social media sites are Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter and Pinterest. (With Instagram, Tumblr and Linkedin right behind.)

That’s cool with me. (Or should I say, that’s “tight” with me?)

About Patricia Kasten

Kasten is the author of “Linking Your Beads, The Rosary’s History, Mysteries and Prayers,” published by Our Sunday Visitor Press.  Her newest book, on sainthood – “Making Sense of Saints. Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Saint-Making and More“, was published by OSV in Spring 2014.  She is also a puzzle-smith. Her weekly Scripture Search puzzle (see The Compass) and bi-weekly The Cross Word, both based on the Sunday readings, appear in Catholic newspapers and parish bulletins around the country.