February 2018

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What Facebook is, etc.

Yep, I think I've figured out what Facebook is: it's a long-winded Twitter. It's just about as ephemeral as Twitter is (except you can't get out of Facebook no matter what you do). It's not a substitute for blogging or any kind of daybook. It seems to be a way to connect with people you used to know, know now, wish you didn't know, etc. So weird. I like better on Twitter that you just "follow" people--there are no weird attachments of friending people that aren't remotely even your acquaintances. So if you want to stop following someone, it doesn't need to carry any emotional baggage (or shouldn't). But I still like LiveJournal and its clones. It's blogging/diary-like, yet a community too. WITH communities (groups).

(x-posted from Facebook)


I like Facebook because I can be longwinded, and I've been using it for years. And I keep in touch with a ton of people from back home and from years ago that I don't get to see. But I can get the appeal of Twitter, I just haven't been able to get myself to use it often!
I like IJ and LJ for being long-winded, yet what we write is more permanent. I guess I felt like I was having to use Facebook because that's where friends had gone; and if I wanted to keep up with what was going on with them, I had to go there too. I get why others like Facebook, keeping up with old friends and family. I just have never felt that way about it. I got started on Twitter because [info]squeaky used it to update us there about outages on InsaneJournal.
IJ is where I write more personal stuff to the people that don't know me in RL, on FB I just post about random stuff haha. But I don't feel limited by the 140 characters, so I like it. But I remember when Squeaky just updated on Twitter! Now he's on FB too so I just check that one.
Aaaaah, see that's it: we are forced to use Facebook. :-( I just have never felt it was my personal choice, but that everyone else was going there, so I had to too. On Facebook I don't feel I can "be myself" (inasmuch as anyone *is* him/herself online)--I have to think up things to *put* there. :-p I used to "live" on LiveJournal, then moved over here. But then somehow I began to "live" on Twitter. For a couple or several years I had my tweets shipped over here to InsaneJournal, so what I said got archived.

I guess this whole rant started because I was thinking of permanence and being remembered (morbid thoughts, but oh well!). I know a LOT of people think lie2me (on LiveJournal) was not a "real person", but I interacted with him on a regular basis while he was writing his LJ. We talked privately about the problem of stalkers. Anyway, his LJ is now locked into Memorial Status and will never go away. I have a permanent account here, so I'm hoping that IJ will be here for a LONG time.
Ahh I see! Well the thing for me is, I completely separate the social media sites. Like, I've never thought of Facebook and IJ (or GJ, when that was around, or LJ) as the same thing. Facebook, for me, is social media, where I can talk about my shows and interact with people I know and knew, while IJ has always been an online dairy, and also where I can talk about role playing and things that people on HERE would understand, while I keep that life more secret from my "real life" friends, that are on Facebook. And Twitter to me just seems different, a place to interact with celebrities and do quick updates about random stuff to get noticed. So I guess I just separate the sites differently in my mind and don't really compare them!
Hmm. That's a great way of looking at things!

Since I don't have that many IRL friends and a small family that keeps dwindling and school friends I'd really rather not make contact with, plus I don't use my real name online anyway, Facebook doesn't do a lot for me. They *do* have some good private groups I joined (*SMASHbooks, ukulele interests, tarot).

Twitter is almost more a news service for me. I follow a LOT of weather folks. My feed blows up every time we have severe weather. :-p I like the immediacy of Twitter.

So I guess I need to think out what I want from the various places I hang out. I really like the way you think about this. :-)