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)


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. :-)