From Myspace to Facebook to… Basement?
By Justine Merriman
Every once in a while, a new social media platform will emerge and usually disappear just as quickly. However, those that last usually offer something new and exciting. Let’s take a look down memory lane:
First there was Myspace in 2003, a place where we could all go and post our favorite song lyrics, add friends, show off who our top 6 were or more accurately top 5 + (good old) Tom, and of course post our most profound thoughts in a variety of fonts.
Then early 2005… the good old days of flip phone low quality images and everyone carrying around their own cannon in case something memorable or artsy enough occurred that could lead to an exciting new Photobucket album.
Finally, later in 2005 Facebook allowed all college and some high school students to join the site to get the community affect and posting that Myspace initially delivered but with the added benefit of also housing our photo albums via Photobucket. Essentially creating a one stop shop to fully connect and express ones self to the world whether it be via albums, posts, friend rankings, page likes, or anything else your heart desired.
For anyone, like myself, who experienced not only the joy but the massive time commitment of reuploading your perfectly curated albums, quotes, friends, etc from site to site you can probably also relate to the mass number of friends we’ve accumulated since our fateful first Facebook account. Even now looking at my friends accounts the majority of us have over 200 if not 500 connections. So in this period of oversharing and uploading on multiple platforms have we reached the point of wanting to downsize finally?
It appears that the creators behind the new platform Basement think so. The app will still be a social platform, but the point of differentiation is that a user can only have 20 connections. Gone are the following sprees from starting a new school or adding your extended family just incase a second cousin has an important announcement. Here people are encouraged to share with their friends similar to a group thread on whatsapp, slack, facebook messenger, or any other platform utilized for group messaging.
Now you may be wondering (like I initially did) why we need another platform that’s essentially just a messaging app and the answer is that this brings us back to a time before influencers, filters, and sharing just for sharings sake. The founders also promise to keep the messaging feeds clean from any advertisements, essentially bringing us back to the time of 2005 Facebook when your feed and friend updates were easy to manage and fake news wasn’t a concern.
Now the question remains- in a time of oversharing, could you pick just 20 people to join your basement? That’s what the founders are hoping!