Perhaps I'm missing something, or maybe I am simply a product of my generation, but I still don’t see what the attraction is to Facebook. The confusion stated when it was suggested to me that I have a Facebook presence to help promote my film. However, Facebook tells you right up front that it is not to be used for “commercial purposes”. What then?
Upon opening my Facebook account, I immediately began receiving requests from people to be my “friend”. Not wanting to appear rude, I accepted friendship. Of my now several hundred some odd friends, I can count on one hand the friends who I actually and personally know. The rest I believe should be characterized as “acquaintances” or perhaps “contacts”. I have a completely different definition of what I consider a friend. As one comedian recently put it… “A friend is someone who you can phone at midnight to pick you up at the airport”.
I did brifly connect with my sixth grade girl friend, well actually it was more of a crush I had on her back then. But she soon abandoned her Facebook page; apparently some guy she was dating now started stalking her. Well, so much for that.
I don’t get the “applications”, they seem nonsensical to me… and why do they end up wanting my cell phone number so often? (I don’t give that out to anyone but real Friends). Now advertising is weaseling its way into Facebook. I already have a strong opinion about advertising and how it is ruining the internet like it already has ruined TV. I am having enough trouble figuring out what is going on here without dealing with “Click Me Now” come-ons.
I am no Luddite by any means; I blog, construct web sites, and conduct a lot of business online. I don’t care to use Instant Messengers because I don’t feel the need to be “connected” every second simply because I’m awake.
Facebook appears to have little to offer me and I don’t really have any thing useful to contribute to anyone else by my being here. I am wondering if my Facebook page went bye bye if anyone would really notice.