It’s no secret that I don’t care for Facebook, for the longest time I refused to have an account and even after I got one, I realized almost immediately that it wasn’t for me. It’s not just the people, although come on, a lot of people on Facebook are stupid, to the point that a lot of joke memes out there are made about Facebook users, but that’s really not the point. My use of Facebook is limited to auto-posting blog articles, pretty much the same as my usage of Twitter. It’s just not for me.
So anyhow, recently I had someone who follows me on Facebook send me a message asking why I didn’t put up more Facebook-only content and, in general, why I don’t spend any time there. So here’s my quick answer because if one person asks, there are almost certainly others who are curious.
I’m an old-school kind of guy. I started online with the dial-up BBSes, when live chat was impossible and people accessed a BBS one person at a time. All of them had forums, where people would post threads and we’d have a serial conversation, you’d make a post, someone else would respond, a third person would respond and so on. And when the Internet came around, back before the web, there was Usenet, which operated exactly the same way, with hundreds of newsgroups with thousands of threads all talking a single post at a time. It’s what I’m used to and really, what I want. All of the online forums I participate in do exactly the same thing, so does Google+ which is why I use it, although they could certainly be a lot better. Things like Twitter is just a bunch of people throwing shit at each other and you only see it if you’re following someone that is throwing some of the shit, unless you’re following a particular hashtag, but even there, it’s not organized, it’s just a billion monkeys banging on a billion keyboards. I haven’t got a clue who I’m even following on Twitter anymore because I haven’t even looked there for a year or so and may never do so again. Honestly, Tumblr is the same thing, just with pictures of shit being thrown around. I pay virtually no attention to Tumblr either.
Facebook is the same way. It’s made up of pages that you have to follow and then, consume the content of the individual writing the page. There isn’t a big collaborative roundtable discussion, it’s all one-way, from the page-owner down. Yes, that’s how things go with blogs too, it’s all top-down, people go to the page specifically to read what one person has to say and there are few conversations that ever start that way. To be perfectly honest, and I went and looked it up so I had the numbers right, there are only four blogs I read every day, along with another nine that I might check once or twice a week. To be on my daily list, you have to consistently produce content I want to read and not a lot of people do that. To those four people, who I won’t name, good job.
But anyhow, back to Facebook, because Facebook has no communities like Google+ does, only pages, I really find no reason to pay attention to it. I want to be talked to, not talked at. I want to be part of the action, not part of the audience. I watch enough passive television, I want my Internet to be active. That’s not insulting people who just want to consume content and read things, I want to participate. It’s what I’ve always done, it’s want I want to always do. So long as Facebook doesn’t provide that kind of active experience, I’m never going to pay much, if any attention to it. Apologies if that bothers anyone but Facebook just isn’t my thing.