Sunday, 2 November 2008

can't read a facebook by its cover

i've signed up to several of the social networking sites on the past year and a half. as with many "flavour of the month" web phenomena, I hardly expected much to come of it. I'm not dedicated enough to fashion and have the patience of a hungry cat (if you don't know what that is, ask a cat owner).

recently i received a facebook friend request from a good friend and said yes. i was sceptical but a good friend is a good friend. i thought 'facebook is some sort of communication tool with adds' - why not just use e-mail, im or even real talking? i couldn't think what all the extra fluff, would be good for.

I have noticed many (mostly young) people with hundreds of friend and thought this was just too superficial for me. after all, I am more serious, more discrete, more thoughtful about relationships/friendships.

then eureka! it dawned on me that this was something sent to me by the gods (non existence not withstanding) to get me to lighten up and risk introducing my friends, dare i say acquaintances, to each other and have their comments available for all to see. ITS AN EXPERIMENT. millions are participating - all for my benefit;-) of course, i don't really know what's in it for them but if i keep laying the game i might even find out.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

well, Facebook as many other net social stuff, contribute to fill up an ideology of the "more", more friends, more causes, groups, forums..friendship capitalism..
Funny to make the experiment of suppress friends and by the fact dicreasing lists, nothing appears as notifications..nevermind, any computer's owner is a potential friend .
What is a friend? the success of
FAcebook is based on "positive" interactions between people: communications, argumentations on any subject, i saw a group called " to save a tree, let's eat a castor.." well, what a great humanity achievement"

whatabloodymess said...

dear anonymous(ji), human interaction encompasses positive, negative and any other description. it is not the quality but variety that is important - just like genetic diversity. one never knows when a particular something will be useful.

iorio said...

going on with Facebook,i found out that the interesting thing to do with this netsocialstuff is socializing through a choosen group (AANR is a good example) and discuss on threads that seem interesting, then complete unknown people suddenly become "friends", gives the feeling that you talk during a trip... , that takes a little time but reminds me some Kerouac 's novel experience ( virtual of course)

Jocelyne said...

Facebook as a political tool is also very impressive;
But i experimented censorship reactions when it comes to "leftwing'dissidence comments, they get simply suppressed on lefwings moderate friends wall..
Well what an absolute political mess..

Anonymous said...

FAcebook deleted the "reply " function on discussion forums....
Not a glitch, that sucks.

Jocelyne said...

well, also a like or don't like anymore options... no dislike..
still going on with the positiveness stuff...

Anonymous said...

because Facebook administrators think that changes means progress...so many useless ones. that is becoming a bit ridiculous...
What a bloody FB mess...
http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=162536657130

Anonymous said...

a regular from AANR Daniel Heisler died ... his facebook page is still on and his wife and daughter explained on a AANR thread what happened to him..
they got many condoleances from regulars, these people never ever met this man but had conversations on different matters..
very mpressive.. not so virtual as ong as real people are involved.
This event gave me the idea to delete my account....