This past Friday was the release of the highly anticipated summer blockbuster Superman: Man of Steel. The film brought in $125.1 million in its opening weekend – more than any other movie ever released in the month of June. On Twitter, the words “Man of Steel” are still trending as fans flocked to their computers and mobile devices to share their thoughts on the movie. With all the buzz surrounding the man in blue, I thought it’d be good to see what superheroes best represent our favorite social media sites.
So here it is: the @Social #LeagueofJustice!
Everybody should have seen this one coming. Superman is considered to be the strongest, most powerful superhero of all and is the leader of the Justice League. With various powers ranging from heat vision to super strength, Superman is an unparalleled force to be reckoned with. Facebook, similarly, leads all other social media sites. With over 1 billion users, it definitely has the strongest influence on the web, and its many applications allow for endless possibilities on the popular social media platform.
Superman has one vulnerability – kryptonite. Does Facebook have a similar weakness?
Batman is a soft-spoken hero, needing few words to defeat his enemies. Twitter users require only 140 characters to get a message across. Batman is often overshadowed by Superman, the larger, more powerful hero – but on several occasions he has proven himself to be smarter than the Son of Krypton. Batman’s quick-thinking and innovative fighting strategy has allowed him to overcome many villains, and even Superman on some occasions.
Twitter often takes a backseat to Facebook, being that is has fewer users and hasn’t been around as long as the number one social media site in the world. However, Twitter has had some innovations such as hashtags and profile verification that had even Facebook racing to catch up.
Pinterest: Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman, like Pinterest, offers beautiful, elegant things that anybody can look at for hours, housed in a robust, dynamic platform. Wonder Woman is Princess of the Amazon, and leads the Amazon people on several occasions, acting as a role model for her people to follow. Men often underestimate her power, but once they experience it do not make the same mistake twice.
Pinterest is definitely the Princess of the social media sites. Millions of girls spend hours upon hours a day searching through the endless boards on Pinterest for whatever intrigues them. Many men don’t give Pinterest the time of day, claiming that it is useless and not as necessary as other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, once they are face-to-face with Pinterest, they can’t look away as they see what all the fuss is about.
Foursquare: The Flash
Foursquare is an application that allows you to be anywhere in the world. To check-in to a place, you simply need to click the big blue pin on your screen and – BAM – you’re there. The Flash, the fastest man alive, has a similar ability – he can race around the world in seconds, virtually allowing him to be anywhere, anytime.
While the Flash isn’t as strong as other heroes, he is definitely unique. He is not afraid to speak his mind or give his opinion on a matter. Foursquare if full of opinions and reviews from users talking about their favorite places or whatever interesting places they visit.
Instagram: Green Lantern
On Instagram, if you think it, you can see it. Anything you can ever possibly want to see a picture of is on Instagram. By simply searching for what you want to see, users can view thousands of pictures of whatever it is they are looking for. The Green Lantern can create anything with his power ring that his mind can imagine.
The light from his ring can conjure up whatever the emerald crusader can think of, making virtually anything available for the world to see. (The only difference? Not everything on Instagram is green.)
LinkedIn: Martian Manhunter
The Martian Manhunter is a unique hero. On his home planet, Mars, he is just like any other Martian. However, as the sole survivor of the Martian race, he has a lot of weight on his shoulders. Martian Manhunter has the strength to pack a punch, but often shapeshifts to blend in with crowds. However, when the time is right, he retakes his true form and can deal powerful blows and even become transparent.
When he isn’t out fighting, Martian Manhunter stays back at the Watchtower, recruiting and training new, younger heroes. LinkedIn is a social media platform that can provide a powerful boost to one’s professional career. While your profile remains hidden unless you know the right people, once connected with someone you can see their entire background. LinkedIn has become a very useful tool for employers to find and recruit younger people, especially those coming out of college, seeking guidance and job training.
Google+ : Aquaman
Google+ often gets lost in the sea of social media platforms. However, it is right up there with the best of them and can be strongly influential. Communicating with different circles of friends is made easy by Google+, so you can communicate with your own people while you’re away, or with your job from home. Aquaman can be in any sea, anywhere in the world.
His strength rivals that of Superman, as he can punch holes in oil tankers and toss around tremendous blue whales. While he resides deep in the ocean where he rules Atlantis as King, he keeps in constant contact with his circle of friends on the surface, aiding them whenever they call on him and adding extra muscle when needed.
The traditionally teen-dominated Tumblr allows users to find interesting pictures, quotes and videos about a topic of their choice. However, with newer, more popular platforms like Pinterest and Instagram available, Tumblr’s offerings are often overshadowed. Sure, once in a while you’ll see something cool on Tumblr, but for the most part, people just ignore it and kind of want it to go away. The same goes for Hawkgirl. The Thanagarian warrior pulls off something cool looking every now and then, using her electrified mace to defeat villains. However, compared to other heroes, her strength is mediocre at best and she sometimes brings more trouble than aid. Many superhero fans think Hawkgirl would be better off just flying away somewhere and leaving the rest of the league alone.
So, what do you think of the @Social #LeagueofJustice? Do you think they can deliver a powerful punch? Can they all unite to better the world? Or do they let the power get to their heads and act like gods among us? Share your thoughts below!