After my last little rant about Facebook, I started thinking more about what Facebook is actually accomplishing for me. The answer, unfortunately, is “not much”. The things I use Facebook for are pretty trivial:
- I post a status update if it occurs to me to put something on Facebook at the same time I tweet it. I seldom go to Facebook just to tell people something. I have better ways of doing that. So that’s one thing the service is supposed to be good for that it really isn’t.
- I use it to let my friends know I’ve published something to Get Along Home. Like they’re reading it. I’ve determined that most of my Facebook “friends” either don’t like me or my writing very much, or they think that Facebook is the whole internet and just don’t know how to click that link. Either way, it’s not doing me any good in that way.
- I use it for extra entries to giveaways. Do I need these? Nah. Doesn’t seem to help my odds all that much.
- I use it to keep up with what old aquaintances are doing. When did this start to seem like a good idea? Hey, look at all the people who haven’t cared enough to keep in touch with me over the years! Why, that girl never even liked me, but here we are watching each other live totally disparate and unconnected lives! Awesome!
- I have, to date, connected with one new person on Facebook. I’m pretty sure we’ll be friends through other means anyhow, so that’s not a very impressive feat.
With the exception of my old friend Susie, whom I love more than I can say, all of my high school contacts are people I have little in common with. My real friends don’t need Facebook to find me. Not that I dislike any of the people on there. I’m just not sure why they should care what I’m doing right now, or vice versa. I’d love to be actual friends with any of them, any time, but this is not friendship. It’s voyeurism, which is rather uncomfortable for me. I hate reality shows, too.
It has gotten to the point where opening my Facebook page has actually become a source of stress. For every post that makes me want to connect with someone, there are 35 apps, updates, and stupid memes that make me want to throw my laptop into the nearest lake. I hate it that much.
Jesse committed Facebook suicide a few weeks ago. I am committing Facebook suttee. In a few days, or whenever I think the word is out to anyone who might care, I’m throwing myself on the pyre with a great deal of enthusiasm. I’m coming to join ya, honey!
I really do want to know many of you, I just hate Facebook! Here’s how we can connect, for those of you who would like to:
- Twitter: I’m not at all against real social networking, and Twitter is my favorite application. While it does come with some clutter and cruft (like ads and, well, human beings), the folks at Twitter know how to keep it true to its original purpose. I love Twitter, and I’d love to follow you there! Either follow me @getalonghome or leave your handle in comments on this post and I’ll follow you first.
- Subscribe to my RSS feed: If you like to read blogs and news in a feed agregator, like I do, you don’t need explanation. Just click the orange button in the right sidebar in the “Follow Me” section.
- Subscribe to email updates: I know lots of you don’t do Twitter, but who doesn’t have email? You can subscribe to my email updates by entering your email address in the right sidebar in the “Follow Me” section.
- You can just email me. I don’t insist that you read my blog! My email address is conveniently located in my right sidebar, too.
- IRL: That’s right! You can connect with me in real life, any time you like, just by picking up the phone. If you don’t have my number, email me. I’ll send it to you.
- Follow via Friend Connect Just click the widget in the right sidebar.
That’s it! Thanks for being my friends on Facebook! I hope you’ll be my friends elsewhere, too!