Facebook, as many of its consistent users know, is filled with more than personal Timelines. Companies use Facebook pages to promote their products, reach out to consumers, and forge a stronger connection with their buyer base. But these brands aren’t the only ones to have taken advantage of the public Page system on the social media hub. Individual, everyday users can form their own page to share information with people with similar interests or just share a bunch of cat pictures and Vines.
Sophomore Secondary Education major Riley Tidmarsh utilizes most of his time online to run his Facebook page, History Memes. Tidmarsh’s page started at about 10 likes that he procured from friends and family. After a few invested years, the page now holds 3,510 likes.
Tidmarsh devotes time each week to researching new historical events and icons before posting a new meme to his page. Most History Memes posts include funny images, elimination challenges, and questions for the page’s viewers. Tidmarsh explained his initial drive for creating the page, saying, “After graduating I realized that somehow the Internet was completely lacking a similar funny way of learning history, so I decided that I’d try and do it.”
Meme pages are widely popular on Facebook. This form of page generally posts funny, viral images for viewers to share, like, or comment on. Pages like this generally foster a tight knit community within a specific fan base. Similar pages include “Disney Memes” and “League of Legends Memes.”
During March of 2012, Facebook was home to over 42,000,000 Facebook pages, as presented in a report for Facebook’s public offering. Since then, the number of pages can only have increased dramatically, with niche pages for certain anime series’, political groups, and even recipe sharing domains. This makes for multiple opportunities for consumers or fan bases to further connect with each other.
Tidmarsh explained his experiences meeting people through History Memes, stating, “There’s sort of the weird, quirky historical society on Facebook filled with people who are eager to discuss and learn about what pages like History Memes is trying to teach.”
Schoolwork is Tidmarsh’s main priority when it comes to managing his Facebook page. He said, “History Memes usually takes a back seat to other needs like school and work.” Weighing his own attention to other obligations, he continued, “Social interactions are another matter entirely. If I’m “on a roll” with the page, I’ve been known to completely forget about prior engagements.”
But, overall, Tidmarsh has found his experience running History Memes to be incredibly insightful. He explained, “I’ve learned so much more than I ever expected about things like the French Revolution and Oliver Cromwell, which is awesome.”