The good folks over at fellow blog GigaOM have a nice little summary on why the new profiles on Facebook kinda… suck. One of the biggest peeves of mine is the new tagged photos showing up front and center on your page. So like when MySpace allowed comments out the wazoo, that stoned college fraternity brother of yours that you haven’t seen in five years can tag you in a photo for “HAPPY 4/20 DAY LOL” and next thing you know you’re guilty by association and taking a drug test for your mom. Awful.
Every now and then I rethink the whole social media thing. It’s not a matter of jumping from one page/provider to another, it’s the whole concept. If a friend from high school or college wants to track me down, here’s a shocker, I’M IN THE PHONE BOOK.
Of course, “Phone Book” is an old school term from the 1890s for using the white pages or any other online phone lookup. I wonder if now that we’re back in touch with the geek from geometry class or the hot cheerleader that we spilled our lunch ravioli on if we really need the social network anymore. My best friends and I often use our email to cc each other the links, news, stories we like rather than posting on the wall something that a person may feel the need to misinterpret or comment on. I’ve seen more than a handful of friends get into “comment fights” on Facebook because sarcasm, facetiousness and irony are lost when you haven’t had a one-on-one conversation with someone in years. Next thing you know, a rant about being cut off in traffic leads to a discussion of state tax revenue and someone getting called Hitler. I mean really.
So is it hypocritical to be using a blog? I don’t think so. A blog is a journal, or pedestal. In my case, I use this for some specific topics (mainly comics and my day-to-day tech life) as a chance to expose people to new things, or engage in light discussion about how things in their life can get better with a digital help.
Not everything has to be “Liked”.