Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Face{book} The Facts

I opened a Facebook account yesterday.  I was prompted to do this when the Matron Of Honor asked the Wife to join and the "J" invited us both to join.  I wasn't sure about joining at first.  I didn't really see the need for it.  I'm thinking about deactivating the account.

I signed up and added a few friends so I could see what it was all about.  I'm fairly late in joining this social networking site.  I'm usually an early adopter.  Facebook provides a quick way to give your status to all your friends.  You type in what you are doing or thinking and it appears on your 'wall' which you can share with anyone you want.  When something is posted to your wall, you receive an e-mail.  I suppose it's a quick way to pass the word but, frankly, my life isn't that interesting and I'm not that important.

Facebook reminds me of cell phones.  The Wife and I have a cell phone we share.  It's for emergencies only. It's pay as you go.  It's rarely turned on.  I don't know the number.  If you need to get a hold of me, you'll have to wait for me to get home or to check my e-mail.

I have the same feelings about Twitter by the way.

Do you really need to know everything I'm doing?  Do I need to know everything you are doing?  For me, I don't think so.  When something important or interesting happens, I have e-mail and Homer's Travels to get the word out.  For others who, unlike me, have a social life, it might be useful ... I guess.

So, why is it that I feel guilty that I want to deactivate my Facebook account?  The Godson, upon accepting my friend invitation, welcomed me to "the biggest time suck ever invented."  I agree so why am I so reluctant to quit?  The Wife, who is quite adamant about not opening her own account, nailed it when she said it was like you know there's this party going on, all your friends and family are there, and you don't want to go.  You feel like you may be missing out on something.

Am I?  Really?

7 comments:

  1. I decided to try one recently. FB only seems to be really effective if you invest quite a lot of time into it, especially initially to hunt down your friends and all that. Time which, frankly, I haven't been willing to spend as yet...

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  2. GH: That's the truth. It takes too much time to keep up on all of it, especially if you have a lot of friends.

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  3. I started my account to keep up with a few overseas people and I found that really good for keeping up on life and seeing photos and the like.

    I've slowly added bloggy types, running types and another club/group as well as a few daily friends. It's been especially good for groups where I know people but were are not email friends but with FB we can still exchange info on things like running breakys or group meetings.

    GH is now my FB friend. I'll be yours too if you stick around. :)

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  4. I've been tempted to join Face Book, however, I only have enough time and energy to do wordpress. Most of my old friends are all on classmates, so if I really need to get ahold of somebody, I go through there. However, there isn't anyone out there that I really need to find. I know how to get ahold of most of my exes (boyfriends and ex-husband) and that's all I need to know ... LOL

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  5. JaG: I think I'll stay on a while to see if my feelings change. If you want to friend me, send an invite to the address listed on Homer's Travels (Upper right in the sidebar).

    Dobegil: The more I experiment the more interesting it seems and the bigger time waster it becomes. This could be a slippery slope for me.

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  6. Same as Just A girl, I mostly use Facebook to keep up with people living abroad. I'm not too much into it though.

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  7. Godefroy: I'm starting to see the appeal of Facebook and I'm also seeing it's time sucking abilities. Sort of like a double edged sword.

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