I wish my real-life friends used Twitter, and were into blogging and Flickr and stuff more. I do my best to keep up with my school and uni friends who are around the country, but of course as you get older your priorities shift and you don’t spend quite as much time with / on your friends as you did when you were a teen.
Facebook took over our lives last year – updates were flying, photos were tagged, friends became ‘friends’ and it was all quite fun, it really was.
But now, we’re all busy again, and Facebook isn’t always accessible from our offices (grr, IT!). There are so many ‘status updates’ from younger acquaintances that it’s hard to find out how real-life friends are getting on.
It’s partially my fault of course. I’ve used Facebook for ‘networking’ with likeable clever people, and I’ve been ‘friended’ by a good many teenagers due to my charitable work. Maybe I should have been strict with my ‘friendships’ from day one, but back then I wasn’t sure what Facebook would mean to me.
It is, of course, partially the fault of Facebook too. The redesign (which looks blank and unfinished in my opinion) hides all the things I want. Sure, it’s more organised and I’m sure it’s logical to some people (I really mean that) but for me, the ‘home’ page and ‘profile’ pages are just, um, fairly dull and hard to get around. I don’t see things; nothing catches my eye, it’s all blank and bland and the content is hidden away.
I wish my real-life friends used Twitter; I’d see so much more of them and I’m sure that would remind me to tend to them in real-life a little more too. I understand that Facebook shares all your holiday and baby snaps perfectly well, and the privacy settings mean that your stag-do videos are less likely to appear on local television, but I wish people made use of Flickr more – it’s so much more shareable and accessible.
My biggest problem with Facebook is not the number of invites I get for stupid (inane, worthless, pathetic) applications, it’s the number of copy-cat groups that get created around any news story.
I’m invited to ‘show my support for justice‘ and ‘state my disgust‘ at the treatment of Baby P. I see. So, what changes will occur because of these Facebook groups? What action will members take? Ahuh, no action. But if I don’t join, does that mean that I condone the abuse of Baby P? I have, after all, actively dismissed the multiple invites to multiple groups this week, so that makes me a real scrooge surely? Somehow, I don’t care about abuse of babies, and tacitly support systematic abuse do I? Is that the implication?
Apparently, I don’t care about food for orphans, or medicine for Africa either.
This is all rot. I do a helluva lot of charitable work and I give all that I can (on a regular and monthly basis) to a variety of worthy causes, including international aid organisations and local UK organisations. Must I also join a Facebook Group to ‘prove’ that I don’t like torture in the middle east?
I’m very tempted to set a date for when I’ll leave Facebook. Can anyone give a reason why I should wait and see what happens and stick with Facebook for more than another year?[Wedge]