Everyday I find myself checking up on all 400 of my “friends” on a website you just might have heard of... www.facebook.com. Yes, the most used social network in the world is an addiction of mine. But here’s the deal-- it’s a relationship that I hate to love and one that I especially LOVE to hate.
Yes, there are great things about a network like this one. Literally, if you have an account on Facebook and our paths crossed for 5 seconds at some point in our lives, then the site will “suggest” we be friends. Because of this
freaky unique feature, I am connected to people across the country and world who I otherwise would never talk to or see.
I also find it valuable that I can get a message to hundreds of people all at once. Much easier than email, in my opinion. Facebook has also become a “home base,” if you will, for many businesses and bloggers. Lots of products, posts, and events are launched through the site without spending a penny. That’s free advertising, yo!
Let’s face it, though. There are soooo many annoying issues with Facebook. The biggest one for me is that, in a nutshell, it’s a big bowl of narcissism. If you’ve been a member for more than a minute, then you’ve participated in the “look at me” party. Yet some really take it to the extreme... for instance, there are more than a few of my “friends” who post, post, and post some more about what THEY are doing; yet, under most circumstances, will never ever reply to anyone who leaves them a comment or remark on another person’s status update. Narcissism at its very best.
And we certainly can’t forget all the
needless exciting personal updates about who “became a Prolific Planter” in Farm Life or a do-or-die request to join the “I Bet the South Can Get 1,000,000 Fans Before the North” group. I mean, what did we all do or worry about before this, dear “friends?”
My final grievance which sent me into a fury to write this post today... the constant layout changes. Hey Zuckerberg... have you ever heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, DON’T FIX IT!”
Alas, I will keep logging in and mingling with my Facebook world, despite my on-again/off-again relationship with it. But watch out... sometimes simple is just better. Right, Twitter?!