Jun 30

Facebook versus the Blog Monster

For the past 2 months I have been conducting an experiment in social networking. I broke down and set up an account on facebook (I am not going to share the url here. You can find me easily enough if you want to.). Here is what I have to say about that.

I can easily see why facebook is so popular. It can quickly become addictive. Chatting with friends, playing games, lots of cool apps to share. You can see almost in real time what your friends are up to, if they decide to share that much. You can update your own status and news the same way. It’s easy, and it’s quick. If you like that kind of thing.

I have become less public over the past few years. I find myself more and more valuing my privacy and less willing to share my life publicly with people I don’t really know. When coupled with facebook’s continued attempts to expose their members’ private information to the Internet at large, this leads me to believe that social networking is not really my thing.

This blog actually fits me much better. I can control exactly what I say and what people see. My information is not at the mercy of someone who can make a quick buck selling it to advertisers, I mean spammers. I am not under any real pressure to post very often if I don’t have anything to say.

I have never been a big believer in speaking just to hear my own voice. I talk when I have something to say that I think other people might benefit from hearing. I am also not one to make friends easily. I take that very seriously.

Another advantage to the blog is that I can make posts this long. Facebook posts are severely limited in length. The blog lets me discuss at some length, while facebook status updates or wall posts are only about as long a Twitter posts, which I am so totally NOT going to do.

All things considered, I suspect that my facebook days are numbered. I will stick with what I am most comfortable with, even at the risk of being considered an old fuddy-duddy.