More than a few posts have been written about the psychological effect of seeing a status change for dating on Facebook. When my niece and her boyfriend changed their Facebook dating statuses, it made me more sad than when they told me in person they were going to break up.
There's just something about seeing it, about it being visual.
Today, I obviously had a lot of advanced warning that I would be leaving Gray Hill and starting another company. I mean, they are my companies. If anyone knew this was coming it would have to be me.
But when the little status change message in Facebook came up I was like, "Wow! It's real!" It's not really the power of Facebook, it's the visual cue that you have publicly committed to a life changing personal action.
But Twitter is different, it creates visual cues with avatars.
The visual cues of who you are talking to, the repetition of the (usually) face shot of the people you are following, I am convinced facilitates bonding.
I have also noticed that on Twitter people change their images, some more often than others, but often to communicate something. That they are in a place, a mood, a situation.
Different stimuli produce different emotional reactions. It's fascinating to watch what bits of social media wake people up, myself included, and in what ways.
One thing's for certain, major life changes had a deeper emotional impact than my iTunes playlist.