There is no denying that social media has become a big part of life as it stands today. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace enable people to keep in contact no matter where they are in the world.
And in communities such as the gay one – especially in smaller cities such as Perth – they allow people to become almost like mini celebrities, if you like. I couldn’t even begin to count the amount of people I’ve come across on these sites and felt as though I knew them and their life story… before even meeting them!
A lot of them, I still haven’t met or I see out but have never spoken to. A little over a year ago, upon meeting a good friends new boyfriend, I promptly asked him his surname. When he replied, I said I’d never heard of him (as you do) to which he advised me that he doesn’t use social media sites. And therein lies their power!
Facebook and its sibling sites provide people with access to all sorts of information about you and, of course, it’s up to you how much of yourself you’d like to share with world.
Have an opinion about something? Write a status on Facebook. Starting your own business, venture or performing drag? Make a Facebook page for it and share it with all your friends. Had a wild night out on the town? Post photos of it. Into performing, singing, dancing, playing an instrument? Post a video of you doing said routine. These sites are like one huge publicity machine for you. The power they yield is amazing.
And that power on the Perth scene is huge!
For the purpose of this post I have counted how many gay friends I have on Facebook. DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The grand total came in at 123. And that’s not including the 13 drag queens, 16 lesbians and 15 fellow self-confessed fag hags. I have three-hundred-and-twenty-something Facebook friends in total.
My first thought was something along the lines of ‘how the hell do I have so many?!’ But I know damn well how I have so many. Strangely enough spending six years surrounded by gays will do that to you. As will traipsing around gay clubs every weekend!
I can see what these people are up to day in and day out. After perhaps even one chance meeting, I can follow their every move and they too mine.
I often wonder what life would be like without these websites. On my half an hour bus trip to work, I flick between text messaging, emails, Facebook, WordPress, Instagram and sometimes Twitter to see what my favourite celebrities and personalities are up to.
What would I do in that time if I didn’t have these things to distract me?!