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Thoughts on Facebook

About five weeks ago I finally created a Facebook account and mentioned the fact in an LJ post. A few people from here friended me over there. So far so good, right? Well, as I've tried to use it a little I've become increasingly frustrated. It's just not user-friendly. I'm putting in twelve-hour days at the office; with travel time included that number goes up to almost fifteen hours. Set aside six hours for sleep, and that leaves me (Monday - Friday) three hours in the evening to do everything else that has to be done. The last thing I want to do is try to pick my way through Facebook and try to figure it out by trial and error. Would it really have been that difficult for them to put up a basic information page -- something like LJ's FAQs? I know that I can find out how to do anything I want to do on LJ by just going there, but with Facebook I can't even see how to reply to a comment (assuming that's something that can be done). I was going to say all this over there, and started to type it in that "What's on your mind?" box, but there seems to be (I think) a character limit, because after two lines it wouldn't let me type any more. So, since with one exception everyone who'd read what I had to say over there will see it here, I might as well just vent here where I know how things work. Btw, that's also why there won't be individual replies to any comments on that BBC and Books post.

So, for the people who are active on both LJ and Facebook, I guess I'll just see the LJ news and let the rest of it go. Same thing for any Twitterers in the audience.

Now, just to show you I'm not completely mired in the dark ages of communication, I'll give you my last thoughts in the form of a Twitter tweet:

00:06: Past midnight. Going to bed. Five a.m. comes early.

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suzycat
Mar. 24th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
I hate FB. I only have an account because RL people pestered me to and with a couple of exceptions I only have RL people on it, and vice versa with LJ. I am actually quite glad not to have many RL people on LJ because back in the day it was like a foreign land, and if I wanted to keep something quiet I just flocked, but then people I knew (but wasn't necessarily good friends with) started friending me on it and I felt compelled to return the favour, resulting in complex filters. I feel far safer now I've defriended them all and said "see you on FB". A few old friends have tracked me down using it which is great. But I dislike all the stupid applications and won't do them.

And I HATE Twitter. Just seeing all the tweets on my flist makes me go all capslocky.
aswanargent
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's more or less why I started an account. One person was (needlessly) afraid she wouldn't know anyone over there and asked me to join so she'd have at least one friend, and another was an ex-writing partner who for various complicated reasons decided to quit LJ and move to Facebook instead.

So far no one's tracked me down, and I haven't really gone looking to see if there's anyone there (apart from my sister) I know in RL who's not also someone I know/knew through LJ. I'm happy with LJ and my permanent account, and think this will be the place I continue to call home.

As for Twitter, I occasionally see Twitter posts on my flist, but I just skip over them.
babycakesin
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get facebook... I have created an account for my sister and family, and I barely check it once a week (because I don't think about it, and because I don't care for the format). Plus, the whole kaboogle about the privacy issues and all... not my thing.
aswanargent
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ditto, ditto, ditto to everything you said!
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aswanargent
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Just as long as you can keep in touch with your friends, you're doing what you need to do.

I couldn't have said it better! And I'll trust that if you have any major, breaking news to share, you'll do it in both places. :-)
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crazybutsound
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I hate facebook, it's the tool of the devil.
aswanargent
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I just saw an article saying that the recent changes in Facebook are to "Twitterize" it so you can have minute by minute updates on what your friends are doing. That's even more of a reason for me to write it off. If I can only check it once a week or so, like I do with LJ these days, anything I might actually want to read over there would have been buried under all the banality.

08:30 Terrible traffic. The bus isn't even downtown yet.
09:10 Finally made it in to work. Need coffee to get over the stress of being late. Going downstairs to Starbucks.

I exaggerate (I hope), but I'm seeing more and more of that, and it's just not my style.
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