By Sophie Grove,
West York Area High School
It calls itself “the most beautiful place in the world,” and after spending any length of time on the website Cowbird, I think you, too, will find it is nothing like other social media sites.
Cowbird was launched in December 2011, and has succeeded in becoming a place where people can connect through stories. Users can upload short, personal pieces that they’ve written along with a photo, or, a newer feature to Cowbird, audio.
But you won’t find any silly pictures of animals, or what your friend’s daily activities were. Cowbird is way for people to connect on a deeper level than on sites like Facebook or Twitter offer.
Cowbird is a place for inspiration. Most stories are incredibly personal, which is why many members use pen names, in order to maintain anonymity. Some pieces might make you laugh, while some might make you cry.
Besides the vast amount of knowledge that is shared throughout Cowbird, the site itself is user-friendly. It’s refreshing to find a website free of advertisements, spam or even negativity. Cowbird is entirely free; however members have the option of becoming a “Citizen,” which means paying $5 a month for more Cowbird features. “Citizens” are the only sponsors of Cowbird, which is why there are no advertisements on the site.
It’s easy to repeatedly hit the “Serendipity” button, which gives you a story at random to read, and find yourself embracing the writing of Cowbird for hours. But instead of feeling like they’ve just wasted time, members can leave Cowbird feeling hopeful and more connected than ever, which is what really makes the site so beautiful.