Last year I turned 35. It was my harshest b-day to date. I know there's nothing you can do about getting older besides work to be healthy and happy, but it threw me into an official NOT YOUNG demographic.
But rather than waste precious time worrying about something I cannot change, on my birthday I instead wasted precious time reading all of the awesome wall posts I received on Facebook.
The return for having everyone from your past, present and online worlds wish you well and give you compliments was almost worth being that much closer to the Denny's senior citizen special.
If on the off-off-off chance you're staunchly resisting joining Facebook, I recommend finally joining for the self-esteem boost. It's way cheaper than therapy.
And then there's Twitter. It's a place for online entities to communicate, brands and entrepreneurs to promo and shill, and for some social media mavens, has replaced emails and text messages as a primo communication tool.
For me as a writer, I often see it as a place to drop those one-liners I couldn't work into a freelance piece or blog post.
It's also the place I sometimes share those funny moments from my mom life that no one thinks are as hilarious as me.
For instance, here's a Tweet about my son that is 100% true.
This was the funniest thing I had ever seen in my life. I'm sure you don't feel the same. Thus, I feel this was a text book Tweet.
I admit that I check Facebook several times a day to connect with friends, family and colleagues in the online world. But I can go days at a time without checking Twitter. Unfortunately, I don't have time to be completely faithful to both my social media loves, so I have to play favorites.
Right now, Facebook is who I'm asking to prom. But I'll flirt with Twitter across the dancefloor.
What about you guys - do you have a favorite in the Facebook vs. Twitter face-off? Or are you two-timing both of them?
And what do you guys think about social media websites in general? Waste of time? Great way to connect? Fun diversion and entertainment? Way to keep up with events?
Because you guys are the ones I want to follow and friend and like and fan. You get my big Likes and Retweets!
Jessica McFadden is a Facebooking and Twittering mom of two with one more on the way. She blogs at A Parent in Silver Spring and is a member of the Yahoo! Mother Board.