16 February 2011 @ 08:55 am
So Long, Facebook  
OK, I gave FB a shot. After all my time of saying "me and social networking don't get along", I tried anyway. Found someone that I could not track down any other way, so it seemed like it was worth it. Gave it a good go, too. Filled it all out, added a ton of things I "liked", added a couple of apps, did it all apart from games.

Screw it, I'm done.

Seriously, I just don't like the shallow inanity of it all. It's Twitter with an interface. Short little blurbs about nothing at all with no depth. I'd rather get one good LJ post a month from someone than the daily "I'm at this place" notes that are the norm. Do people really believe others want to hear the little one-liners that spring into your head all day, and do other people actually care that much? It just seems to be another symptom of the culture we've allowed to coalesce (maybe coagulate is a better word) that thrives of uselessness, sloth, and triviality...and by showcasing it, fosters it to grow even worse.

If it makes you happy, more power to you, I just do not see the attraction. Of course, I don't see why most TV is popular, either, so who can say? I'm just not the target demographic. So, no more for me. At best, I'll cross-post some LJ entries there, and that's only due to request form some people that have given up LJ for FB.
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The Green Fairy: Cat of Doomabsinthecity on February 16th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
You did well to hold out this long ;)

I used to find it really useful for organising events, as it's quite good for keeping track of who has RSVP'd and so on. But there are other online tools to do this that are probably better, and last time I tried it I found out that half my guests hadn't even been notified of my event, which made for a very lonely birthday!
calum on February 16th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I kept FB because its the only way to stay in contact with a few people, because people use it for organising events, etc.

So, I turned off the app platform, set my default privacy to "Me Only", and let people know I wouldnt be posting or reading much.. That way, I get FB messages (they email me), I get event invites, and I dont have to read the guff.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Drinking Archmagearchmage on February 16th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yep, pretty much where I'm going with it.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 16th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
kirkjerkkirkjerk on February 16th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I think FB is... eh, ok.

It's kind of a more folksy, less-pithy Twitter -- and while both are part of a "skimming" culture vs LJ's longer format, I kind of dig that, so it's ok. (a defense of twitter's version of "trivial culture", and why it's a more unifying and kind thing than you might think, by my friend is here: http://weblog.masukomi.org/2009/07/15/for-those-of-you-who-dont-get-twitter a lot of that applies to the FB i"nanity" you're not digging.)

The games are inane, but you can turn off the notifications for those.

And for a number of reasons (popularity and UI) it's the most reliable best place for me to get feedback on stuff I post, photos and sometimes project links.

And yeah, too, it's good for keeping in touch w/ some folks of my long past.
☆★The Agile Raincloud ★☆ 星nimblenimbus on February 16th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't, if not for the fact that almost every person I know and all my family are in another country and that's most of the way I get to speak to them :p terribly enough
freyisfreyis on February 16th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ive turned my facebook into a mixture of video game news and people rping characters from my favorite game, League of Legends. It's one of the best sources of direct news from game companies these days, and the rping bit is pretty funny. Reading my feed is kind of ridiculous because its all game trailer videos and a yeti talking to an evil wizard about the new treant who joined the league.
Staxstaxxy on February 17th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
once every few months I check in on the community I made mine for in the first place. About once a month I skim posts people have made. Mostly I use it for event planning, as it is really good for that. Easy to get invites to things, easy to send them.

I still do not tweet.
(no subject) - dravengodvamp on February 17th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mauler_mauler_ on February 21st, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
FB - For banter, chatter & keeping tabs on friends old, new & re-found

LJ - Far more personal :]