Why then do I use so many social sites? Why can't I just focus on one community and be happy with it?
I went deep into myself and found an answer.
It's all about expressing our egos while connecting with others. As we all do this in various ways, so do the various social sites have styles of expressing our egos. These styles, while influenced by the functionality of the website, are set by how the mass of users choose to use it. I'll give you a simple rundown of the ego-sharing styles of my three most used websites.
|"Look at how great my life is."|
|"Look at how witty I am."|
|"Look at how great my hobbies and interests are."|
|Friends and Family|
|People Who Have Hobbies|
Something tells me I'm not alone in this, as I've seen an interesting variety of sharing styles for each social site. The simplest way to explain this is in the different use of memes. Facebook is plagued with those meme pictures that promote personal morals. "Like" if you think children should be beaten when naughty. Twitter has the hashtag postings, where each user attempts to gain attention for their witty use of a given hashtag My personal favorite hashtag to use is #firstworldproblems. It's funny and offensive all at the some time. Google+ is a mixture of the two, except the meme pictures are more of a subculture tone. It may just be because of the people I follow there, but you don't see very many "+1 if you're a friend of Jesus". It's usually more of the "+1 if you think Han shot first".
Facebook users you can stop reading here, as the rest of this is just propaganda to convert you over to Google+.
It's a shame everyone I know in the real world still uses facebook, otherwise they could join in on some of these great communities and conversations ... Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge.