Live-blogging this morning's Midmorning conversation on social networking:
I love Facebook as a way to stay in touch and interact with friends and family. I agree that one needs to be deliberate about how you want to use it - not the same for everyone. The people know who like it the least indescriminately friended everyone at first and now hate to go back to FB. It has definitely affected my life in a positive way - I have many friends and family in far-flung places.
I think facebook is a major invasion of my privacy, and will never use this site as a way of communicating. I think using these sites allow hackers and wierdos to access private information that I would only allow close friends to have. If you want to communicate with me, email or heaven forbid, call me.
I got a community ed brochure in the mail yesterday advertising a class called "Instant FaceBook and Twitter for Hopelessly Busy People." If people are so busy they can't talk to anyone or communicate in an authentic way, why would they want to get their energy sucked into a vortex of computer screen one-liners and photos?
I agree with Pam. Plus, I'm not interesting enough to have this Face-Space thing. No one cares what someone is doing every waking hour of the day. No, of course I'm not talking about _you_.
Pam, the only information that goes onto Facebook is what you give it.
Kim, I agree that nobody cares what someone is doing during their everyday business. But if that's all Facebook was about, it wouldn't be used by millions of people every day. It's become the quickest, easiest way to share photos, videos, news, etc. with whomever you choose.
I hear a lot of stories about people who didn't want to use facebook and didn't see a need to... until they realized they were getting left out of the loop by their friends who did use the service. It may be depressing, but I don't see the "being left behind" trend fading away anytime soon.
If you're being left "out of the loop" by your friends because they communicate on facebook and you don't then you probably need to find better friends. Or at least ones who actually care about spending time with you.
I also have a hard time with the explanation that facebook is great because it's the "quickest and easiest" way to stay connected. Usually the quick and easy way to do something is also the best way to cheapen whatever it is you're doing.
I'm probably being harsh, but to me the negatives outweigh the positives and it's tough to see my generation being completely suckered in.
It's a little judgy in here today!
I love Facebook. My family and oldest, dearest friends are scattered across the country, and due to geography and scheduling, I have made only a few good friends where I am. While I do see my new friends regularly, they are NEW friends. Not the same as people I have known for ten years. And am I going to call my cousin in Jamaica? No! But that doesn't mean I don't want to touch base with him now and then.
While going online is certainly no match for the quality of in-person visits, it does fill the gap of casual, day-to-day interaction with people I don't get to see very often. It's quick, it's easy, and I decide what I share, when, and with whom. At its best, it's like a cocktail party: a variety of people you know, some new folks thrown in, with clever banter in the comments on people's status updates if you're lucky.
If you don't feel like joining in, that's all well and good. But if you talk about not having a FB account like it makes you a better person than me, forgive me for thinking that you probably live about five miles from where you grew up, and that your elementary school friends are still in town, too.
Even though I've had to have my fiance change my password due to being rather addicted to the site, I wouldn't give up or bad mouth FaceBook for the world! You see, it's because of FB that I am FINALLY developing a relationship with my father. Being the product of a broken home, I lost a lot of time with my father, and his new wife had issues with me for a while. Thanks partly to FB, that has all changed. It's far too long of a story for a comment box, so a slightly oversimplified version is "Facebook helped my "Daddy Issues" go away, and we can finally have a happy father-daughter relationship. Thank You FaceBook!"