The other day Google launched a new “social tool” the “+1″ button. It got me thinking about Social Media as a whole, and I realized something… it is basically high school. And what better way to represent high school than the prom. (Enjoy)
Here are the characters:
Facebook- obviously the popular kid, probably a jock. Everyone loves to be seen with Facebook, from his good looks to his game winning touchdown in the state finals. Every kid, and teacher for that matter, knows and like him. Everyone just feels like they really connect with him, and know everything there is to know. (Granted there’s a lot a jealousy and gossip out there on him, but that’s what being popular is all about.) And if you’re wondering, he’s dating the prom queen… from last year.
Foursquare – probably the closest person to whom most normal people are like in high school. He’s got a small group of friends that he keeps up with. They’re real close, and are always going everywhere together. Prom is going to be weird for them, because it means they’ll have to go to college soon. And his group is very tight-knit, so talking about what’s going on in different places is going to be weird. (You know, like when one of the people you follow on Foursquare moves to a different city and all their updates are like ehh… because you have no idea what their talking about…) Foursquare meet his date in P.E., and was worried she might say no, but she said yes. Most people at school don’t know him, but the one’s that do are always around.
Twitter- Let’s be honest, twitter is the kind of a pot head, edgy, cool kid. Everyone knows of him, but most people have no idea who he really is. The people who he does hang out with are always coming back for more. (Some people think he might be a drug dealer.) During prom, odds are good twitter is going to slide out back for a smoke and just talk about prom, actually going in isn’t his style. Let’s be honest, most people what to hang out with twitter, they just don’t know him well enough. And twitter has a date; she’s from the school across town. (A few people think she might be in college.)
LinkedIn- Student Council President, she’s running the Prom. She got the money together, picked out the themes, and totally does not have time for a date. (Did my best not to make her a member of Future Business Leaders of America, but let’s be honest she runs that club too.)
Google- Nerd Alert… Google is that guy who is totally a walking encyclopedia. He knows like everything, accept how to have a normal conversation with a girl. He’s always trying to use lines that he sees the other guys use and the line never seems to work. And yes, you got it… Google’s got a blue tux ready to go. However he’s having trouble finding a date. I mean he’s asking girls, just not getting any yeses. Of course, that won’t stop him. He’ll just go stag. (Of course fast forward to the 20 year High School reunion… Google is rich and running a 90+% Profit Margin business… so maybe it’s worth it not being the cool kid.)
Microsoft- Coolness by association. Microsoft hangs out with Facebook, not to mention he’s the richest kid at school. Has the hot new car, and his date is going to a $200 a plate dinner before prom. Oh and his date, she’s Facebook’s date’s hot friend.
Yelp- Gossip Queen… Ever see the movie “Mean Girls”. (Thank you Tina Fey that was an awesome movie.) Remember that book that they wrote all those mean thing in. Well Yelp and her friends publish that book at this school. And you better believe she’s going to be reviewing this year’s prom.
So now if you’re wondering how prom went… well I’ll leave most of that to your imagination, but here are the highlights.
-Facebook was the prom king, and LinkedIn was prom queen. (LinkedIn rigged the voting.)
-Google got drunk because Twitter’s date spiked the punch. Google actually kissed a girl that night.
-Microsoft was there.
-Yelp got here story… she saw LinkedIn rig the voting. (Yelp thought she should have been queen.)
-Foursquare had a fun night, filled with memories.
-Twitter got high.
Thanks for listening,
If you have social networks that you think were at prom please share! A 7 person prom is kind of lame.