Facebook

FacebookI’ve had a Facebook account for some time now, I was sent an invitation by a friend of mine. This is one of those ‘Social Network’ websites that you can join and get your mates to join and then, well, that’s the thing, do what exactly?

Don’t misunderstand me I know what to do with the account its just I keep asking myself “Why?” every time I log in. True, very slowly, some of my friends and acquaintances are adding  themselves or are being added to the group but where’s the interaction? Some individuals have uploaded pictures and typed a brief bio of themselves but that’s about it!

notebrickMost of us communicate with each other via email, chat relay, phone or a note wrapped around a brick so I don’t really need facebook. I’ve had the ubiquitous ‘Friends and Family account, what a complete waste of time that was four people contacted me from the list of names I could remember one I had no wish to communicate with and the other three lost interest after a month or so.

YouTube has a use I suppose but I don’t seem to have any ‘Happy Slapping’ videos on my phone at the moment and I think I’m a bit old for MySpace. I get the feeling facebook just wants to join the growing list of on-line community’s which will ultimately end up being sold to google or something so that they can then sell the members details to marketing men.

Facebook is OK I suppose but the one thing that worries me is people are putting their photo, place of work or where they will be on a given night. This strikes me as a pretty dicey thing to do.

Is it a pointless post?

I read a
post today on
Slashdot that got me thinking, not the actual post
but the response it
generated. The message was basically
about how the huge variety of
Linux distributions is harming the take up by business and home users of this
alternative operating system.

listpoliceAs you’d expect the usual holier-than-thow quasi list
police was out in force berating the author for posting, in their view, drivel
and or pointless news yet when I last checked there were 111 comments on the
item. Now to my mind while the subject may well be trivial the net effect of the
item generated a huge response so that poses a question, was it a pointless
post?

Interestingly I myself have had the very same accusation
thrown at me a few times over the years and yet the replies in some cases have
gone on for days so I suppose the real question is was this a pointless post? To
my mind it wasn’t and I’ll tell you why.

  1. The
    author got what they wanted, a large response to their submission.
  2. The
    self appointed egoists got what they wanted, a chance to
    flame someone.
  3. The
    websites got what they wanted, lots of lovely visitors.

footshootStrikes
me if you see a post that you think is pointless then just ignore it, once you
start responding then you’re just as guilty as those who you are berating in
which case you need to start shouting at yourself! rather than others which
would save a lot of time and tears in the long run.