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A Glutton for Facebook-ishment

In the latest round of Facebook madness, I am starting to come to terms with my own problem with these waves of social networking sites. I’m investing quite a bit of time there and I am wondering if that time might be better invested typing on the Royal Futura and riding my bike.

Background: I am a member of quite a few social networking sites– Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Meetup, and about a dozen others like Classmates.com don’t really do it for me. I am trying to determine the reasons if and why they make my life better.

Research is the answer, right? So I popped over the “Social Signal” blog to find out “how to bring value to my online outreach.”  I mean, that post is written by a Harvard PhD. so she must know more than me.

So, thanks Dr. Samuel for the points to ponder here. I’m going to see if and how they apply to my own experience with Facebook.

Size matters? – “It huge and it’s growing” says Dr. Samuel. Well that argument DID convince me more than a few times in the bedroom to get over my headache, but I am not sure that is the best rhetorical device for argument. After all, David only needed one stone to take down Goliath. Vote: Nay

Where the Boys and Girls are – “Your friends are already there” is Dr. Samuel’s second reasoning. Yeah, I do like this reason. BUT there are two flaws to this argument. One, if I constantly chat with Bonnie on Facebook, I might never get invited over to swim in her pool (after all, she only lives around the corner!) Second, friends of here and now are colliding with then and past, and it’s getting to be high maintenance! I don’t have time to cook dinner anymore.

The Boss Wears Fuzzy Slippers – “It mixes business with pleasure.” Dr. Samuel says how great it is to discover your colleagues personal passions. I think we only need to see a couple episodes of ‘The Office‘ to know THIS isn’t the reason we joined Facebook.

The Mall of the Universe – Re: Dr. Samuel’s “one-stop shopping” –  When you are done tending your Green Patch and updating your Social Living profile book you’ve read and the ones you want to read, you can add a blog post, answer the “Name Game”, take down you Name Game Post because it is stealing your identity, update your status, and be sure to upload your latest photos from the weekend’s beach blanket bingo theme party.

OH! That’s right… you don’t have any photos of any party. Because you spent the whole weekend on Facebook. And the only friends you have are on Facebook.

Peering on In – I agree it is a “window on my world”. Especially since you can never see the whole house from any one window. All the good things happen upstairs! Does Facebook have a ladder?

“It’s Pretty” – Dr. Samuel says. It is! I love the design, which is made to keep you continually poking around, no pun intended. Which, I fear, is also why I am starting to hate the design. And here, now there… ARGH! Where did January go?

Get Involved! – Dr. Samuel says it can “Help you connect with your community”… Yes, I have been hoping all the hard work I have been putting in on my Lil Green Patch will someday magically manifest as a Community Garden in the ‘hood of Stratford.

I think the honeymoon is ending. Thanks Dr. S for your help!

7 thoughts on “A Glutton for Facebook-ishment

  1. Of course, Alexandra Samuel is married to Rob Cottingham (the other half of Social Signal), who is one of my high school friends….

  2. The closet analogy is perfect – I love the thought that I can reach so many people quite quickly without having to remember whick yahoo/hotmail/gmail/AOL addess they use. I just have to get over the fact that facebook is going entertain every whim and fulfill my emptiness. I should probably look for that hole-filler elsewhere and keep FB for my friendly contacts.

  3. I read this following a posting on Facebook. Would I have gotten here in another way? Maybe. But Facebook is my closet where all (or at least many) of my friends are stored. I can open that one door and take them out and play with them. I can see their latest photos, see what makes them laugh (or cry) and contact them immediately when something they’ve posted moves me to do so. So I am pro-Facebook. But like any sweet treat, it’s a “sometimes food” (sorry Cookie Monster!) and you should only give it the time you choose to spend. So people with OCD beware! It can eat your life. But it can also give it a little sugar.

    1. Lisa! I TOO am pro-Facebook. I love it SO much that its the first place I want to go in the morning. I love that you called it the closet where you keep all your friends! It’s perfect! Come out Jeannie! Come out Marietta! Come on Amy! Let’s go get a beer! Oh… crap.

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