I joined the ever-growing Facebook community January 2, 2009. It can sometimes be a distraction, a pain-in-the-butt, especially when they keep “changing” things like their format. No one wants to spend the next six weeks getting used to where things are now as opposed to where you left them and liked them there, as witnessed by the hundreds of complaints on my newsfeed each time a change is made. They think they are improving things, but … well, to each his own. You either love it or you don’t. I’m used to the current changes, and pretty much like it once again, so it’s about time for another Face(book)-lift, isn’t it?
All kidding aside, Facebook generally has been a blessing for me. It has been the ultimate networking social media venue. I have reconnected with so many people through word-of-Facebook that I can’t even tell you! I’ve found school mates, childhood friends, favorite tv shows or pages that share my same interests. But most importantly, I’ve connected with a myriad of family members from all over the country, and indeed, the world. Facebook was the basis for me being able to host our 2010 family reunion, and having so many long-distance and long-lost relatives joyfully attend. It literally would not have been possible to pull it all together without Mr. Zuckerberg’s genius.
There have been a few downsides to Facebook. There’s always the good with the bad, isn’t there? I’ve sent Friend Requests to people who I knew would be a risky reconnect, and have not heard back ~ that can be disappointing. I’ve connected with people from my past where the refurbished friendship turned into a disaster and resulted in UN-friending. The problem with Facebook, like email, is that people can’t hear the tone of your comments, and sometimes a simple piece of gentle sarcasm or constructive criticism can be blown out of proportion and relationships ruined or badly damaged. One needs to take what they see or read on Facebook with a grain of salt, and maybe with some humor.
Have I mentioned all the famous advertisements that scroll on the right hand side of your screen? Am I the only one who sees that? Most of them seem to pertain exactly to something you’ve either searched for or visited their website or made an online purchase for. Gee, how intuitive and helpful can you be? In addition, there is a continuing list of games you can play at your leisure, and top that off with your calendar at the top of the page, so you can see all of your friend’s birthdays at any given moment. How did they know that’s exactly what I wanted?
I often wonder what my parents would think of the communications of the world we live in. They both passed away without the wealth of knowledge of what a computer can really do. If only they could see me now! I can write emails, chat online, comment on a friend’s post, play games, write a long note, keep track of my family, keep track of my whereabouts, create an event and invite people to it … I could go on and on. All of this and so much more on one website. Well, I guess it’s not really a “website” so much as a literal community. Let’s not forget all the new words created for the dictionary: peep, friend (as a verb), app, and more. No, I won’t feed your cows in Farmville for a week so you can visit a manure convention in Ohio! Don’t ask me! Quit posting your moves in Words With Friends to your newsfeed, it takes up too much space and is irritating. And those en masse posts/comments/emails! Can’t you just stop?
And don’t even get me started on “tweets”!