I suspect the facial recognition thing has pushed some people over the edge.
2011-06-16 10:25 am (UTC)
I like it because all of my friends are in one place (which is why I won't delete mine, I feel the same about lj to be honest) but I have issues with a lot of things about it. If another site arose which respected security more arose I would certainly use that.
I've never had a Facebook. I guess for the same reason that I steer clear of crowds. I don't have anything against it in principle; it's just not for me.
Still hate facebook and I say that as someone with two accounts: one for my 'real' life and one for my shadowy past.
I don't hate Facebook. I just don't want anything to do with it. I can't see the point.
I suppose I don't actually hate facebook, as such; I just hate most everything it reveals about my family and 'friends'. I find that I wish to know much, much less about them in every respect, but they don't have an app for that.
I just activated my FB account not because I like it but because there are people there who used to be here and I'd like news of them and they of me (or so they say).
But here on LJ is where all my thoughts will stay and I won't be here less. I think I'm just too wordy for my own good.
LJ is a different thing altogether. I love what it has to offer. I don't suppose it was ever fashionable- at least not the way Facebook is/was.
It's all a fad. Myspace is a joke now when four years ago it was the hottest thing. I use to complain about needing to re-buy my favorite album as a CD, then a mp3. Now I'm complaining about moving from one social networking site to another: "Wah, I have to set up another profile page."
I've stuck with CDs. I like to have my music in tangible form.
Plus ... as you move from vinyl to CDs to MP3s the fidelity of the sound reproduction suffers significantly...
While I don't notice this consciously, I do wonder if that's why I don't listen to music now nearly as often as I used to.
Hula hoops are hot again. Facebook is handy, just annoying with its default setting of utter transparency.
Hula hoops are hot again? Well, I'm not surprised. Yo-yos made a brief comeback a few years back.
2011-06-16 02:43 pm (UTC)
+1 to evilspock.
Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
The insipid are everywhere insipid.
Excuse my loose and bitter translation. :D
2011-06-16 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember MySpace?
Never went there myself.
I am not sure that I agree... that is what I thought at first, but now it has turned out to be a major component in my professional communications. Yes, my FB Friends are a list of friends, exes, high school buddies and game cohorts, but, also on that list there are a bunch of other students from this college, teachers from my last college, teachers from THIS college, ministers, and deans... yes, deans. The stuff I share on LJ I do not share on FB. FB is much more "professional" for me.
Yes, I can see its value as a networking tool. I'm not against it. I don't suppose it will fade away. But I think the boom years are over.
Facebook will probably be killed, like the other social networking sites, by its attempts to make money. I'm seriously starting to think that the only viable solution for social networking will be some sort of non-profit co-op model.
And why not? Why can't people be satisfied with having created something that is socially useful? Why do they always have to milk it for cash.
Well, it does cost money to offer the service, so the company who hosts it has to make money somehow, and that's fair enough. But it's when they want to make big profits that it all goes wrong.
It's mostly an American phenomenon. We don't have a way to recognize and glorify people who don't have lots of money. If you're not rich, you're shit and your work is shit, forget how good or useful it really is. You'll be spat on by some Persian with a chain of carpet stores and a pile of cash looted from the old Pahlavi regime.
It's not a great way to run a society, but so it goes.