Friday, April 2, 2010

The Club for the Socially Repressed…

I’ve really tried to like Facebook. I’ve really tried to use it as I feel I am being left behind in the social media world.   I’ve posted there several times this week and got a lot of responses.  I also got a lot of emails about God and religion from several of my former high school classmates.  They got a little too “preachy” for my tastes. I took it with my usual kindness, though, and responded back carefully – ever mindful of their feelings on the matter, even if they weren’t very mindful of mine.

I find it maddening, though, that I have to hunt for posts I commented on or my own posts for that matter.  The way Facebook works is entirely not to my liking. Social media needs to be more intuitive and less hard to use.  Blogging is easy.  I write a post and you can comment.  It is as simple as that.  What I write is on the front page and you don’t have to go on an Easter egg hunt just to keep up with me.

I also find it one of the most boring forms of social media that I have tried on the Internet thus far.  I jokingly titled this post “The Club for the Socially Repressed” and it is not far from the truth.  Nobody ever posts anything interesting on Facebook.  EVER!  Brenda (Soul) wrote a post yesterday about going to the movies and I was just overjoyed at having something interesting to comment on and read.  She has such a good sense of humor.

I think I will just focus my efforts on blogging and Twitter and leave Facebook behind.  There are much easier ways to find friends and to keep up with the friends I already have.  I can read their blogs.  I can go to AA and meet people.  I can continue to build a readership on my own blog.  Lots of stuff to do without having to hunt for my friends just to post a comment of encouragement.      

9 comments:

kristi said...

I like Facebook but I am careful about what I say on there, in my blogs I am free.

Andrew said...

Kristi, most people love it. I must be odd. That's my point about blogs and Facebook. You actually get to know someone through their blog if they share freely. Facebook, you just get little blurbs about mostly nothing.

Lottie said...

I love Facebook, but you're right... I can't be as open and free about my thoughts as I want or should be there. That's why I restarted a blog. At least you gave a try. :-)

Enjoy your next few days with your parents in Washington. It's always nice to get a break from the routine in our lives.

Andrew said...

Lottie,

Most people love it, it seems. That's why I feel so strange and was almost shy to write derogatorily about it.

Mom and dad are on vacation in Washington. I am on vacation at home with them gone! LOL :-) Easy to mix up with all my talk of trips and vacations.

Happyone :-) said...

I tried Facebook but didn't last very long. It's just not my thing. I really enjoy blogging. I tried twitter too but I felt like I was repeating myself being on both. So I just stick to blogging.

(M)ary said...

Some of the ladies at work check each other's facebook pages more often then they actually talk to each other face to face.

I like Twitter a lot but 1) forgot my password 2) mostly accessing the internet from my cell phone and hard to do twitter from there right now. Maybe I need a twitter app on the phone. I am sure there is a twitter app, I just haven't figured out how to download it yet.

Andrew said...

Mary, that is so interesting about the ladies at work. I would keep up with my friends if I could actually find them with Facebook. ARggghhh! The Facebook layout is an exercise in frustration!

Mary said...

I'm often tempted to post my status as, "I'm poopin!" just to see if anyone notices.

Facebook is good for one thing. Farmville. :p

Tokyo Biker Mommy said...

Andrew, a vacation when you stay home is called a "staycation." ;-)