Sunday, October 04, 2009

feeding your head

So I'm on this Facebook thing now. Have you seen this, have you heard about this? It's a bit of a clusterfuck in there, isn't it? I'm not entirely sold.

Blogger is a three course meal, each course prepared and presented with the greatest attention to detail. Photos to appear in Epicure magazine.

BLIP is a smorgasbord. Sure it's all you can eat and sure there's a lot of green jello salad on offer, but there are also truffles and Kobe beef. You just have to choose your selections carefully.

Facebook is walking into a Macs store and running your arm along the shelves of chips and hoagies, dumping them all onto the floor and then sitting down amongst the pile of bags, ripping them open at random and pouring them down your throat.

They all have their time and place, I guess. What do you think?

24 comments:

Captain Karen said...

I was ok with Facebook when I first signed up but then it seemed all most folks were interested in was the latest stupid application, top 10 lists and other lame things (except for Scrabble...that was nice). I got fed up and left. You'd have to pay me to go back.

Allison said...

That's how I feel about BLIP. It hurts my head a bit, and my computer...

Although so does all social networking sometimes. ;)

Wandering Coyote said...

Your analogies are great! And pretty much spot on (ah, you are not on Last.fm, though, are you??). I don't use FB much anymore, though I do play Scramble (Boggle) and use it as a central place where all of my contacts can reach me. It's like souped-up address book, basically.

bloody awful poetry said...

I was all right with Facebook in the beginning until people started chucking all these app requests and invites to play poker hearts and mob wars and god knows what else and it go so overwhelming that I left it for a year and came back. Now I ignore everything except what's on my wall. So much easier on the psyche.

BeckEye said...

I go in phases with Facebook. Obsession gives way to ambivalence, lather, rinse, repeat.

justrun said...

I succombed to the Facebook thing earlier this year. And, sadly, I have to say I kind of like it. I'm not the best small talk person, so seeing what people are up to without all the conversation is kind of nice. Geez, that makes me sound like a B!

Doc said...

FB is okay for checking in with your buddies or tossing out a one-liner, but I'll take blogger any day of the week.

If they were beers, I'd say Blogger is a Guinness on tap, and Facebook is an Old Milwaukee Lite from a can.

Doc

Doc said...

To Facebook's credit, I can't seem to quit playing that damn Farmville game. Want to be my neighbor?

Doc

Westcoast Walker said...

Hi Barb - I share your facebook ambivalence. I believe it serves a purpose - i.e. a great way to share pics and thoughts with friends and family and check in on how old friends are doing, though I can live without the endless apps, invites to join something and the occasional e-mail which I think is social, but is really someone wanting to tell me about an "amazing product"

The intersting thing about facebook is that it isn't really a public space, but rather a bunch of intersecting private spaces. On this basis you can be as self absorbed or as engaged with others as you choose to be.

When I first signed in two years a go I got this flood of e-mails from old high school friends with the obligatory "what's up" e-mail. After it settled down I quickly discovered that there were a few people I had current commonalities with and I was surprised by who that was at times. It did help me reconnect with a couple of amazing friends whom I now have semi regular interesting discourse with.

I also appreciate connecting with some of the folks from the blogging community (yourself included) who I find to be endlessly fascinating.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How much would I have to pay you, Karen? Just curious what your price is...
For the record, I am a huge fan of top ten lists. I may need to check those out!

I love the pace of BLIP, Al. It can get a little crazy, but at least it is all on one page. And so much great music!

A souped up address book. That was sort of my initial intent, Wandering Coyote. I think I just have to be disciplined with it (and avoid the Twinkie aisle).

That sounds like a measured approach, BAP. You are wise beyond your years. Of course I already knew that!

Ahhh, see that's the problem, Beckeye! I wasn't rinsing.

Yes, I realise now that one can just read the little updates and not get drawn into conversation, Justrun. I am still getting my feet wet. And then changing into dry socks.

As long as it's not a dented can, I guess that okay, Doc.
I would love to be your neighbour, but am deathly afraid to get sucked into any online games. Do you have any idea how much time I already waste on online bubble wrap?

From what I am starting to understand, Facebook is what you make of it, Westcoast. And your experience is a perfect example of that. You have obviously learned to take what is meaningful to you and ignore the chaff. This is likely the best way to handle this series of intersecting private spaces, as you aptly call it.

Charlie said...

I'll stick with Blogger, thanks.

I tried FB not long ago, was totally overwhelmed, and my WHOLE in-law family found me in a heartbeat. That scared the shit out of me, so I pulled up stakes and moved my tent outta there.

Scary, man.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh yeah, they'll track you down on there, Charlie. Sometimes that's good, often it's not.

Remi said...

I use it to play scrabble and chess against old friends and to stay somewhat connected to people. I've pretty much tuned out everything else. As such, I don't care who owns me or whether your mafia gang needs help. It's better than myspace but that's really not saying much.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I lurve Facebook, it's another outlet for me to spread my opinons and propaganda and now that you're on it, well that's icing on the cake baby.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm starting to understand that the key is to use Facebook to suit your own purposes and not get drawn into every little distraction, Remi. I think I can handle that! I hope.

You seem to have a massive presence on there, Dr M. You're sorta like the king of Facebook or something?

Volly said...

I am beyond bloody awful at keeping in touch with people, and Facebook has become something of a lifeline. Just as scientists who study sleep say that dreaming is like a pilot light to show that the brain still functions, I've begun to feel that if I update my status on FB, it means I'm still around. Sad.

The apps, though, can be controlled. "Settings/application settings," click the x next to any app you want to get rid of and it's gone. Do it weekly and your life will be simpler. You can also hide app updates (such as Mafia Wars) that your friends post, without hiding your friends.

Volly said...

Oh, also, re: what Charlie said, I have 2 pages now. One for my real life, and one to accommodate religious in-laws, co-workers and those who think I'm still the same person I was 10 years or so ago. The former has 135 friends at last count; the latter has maybe a dozen. It keeps the hornet's nest from cracking open, and it's easier juggling two identities than I'd expected.

mister anchovy said...

never been to facebook.

Sean Wraight said...

L'il Social-Networker,

I can’t help but find Facebook more than just a little creepy. I too was a bit of a reluctant joiner, but since all the kids were doing it, I eventually caved in to peer-pressure and created a Facebook profile. But you know something? It really does feel a little cult-like. No, not the grape kool aid swilling type but more Borg like… Resistance is indeed futile and I assure you it won’t be long before embarrassing pictures of you wearing bunny ears will appear. It never fails. Quite frankly it just doesn’t feel right.

BLIP and Blogger are different animals though. They have a relative anonymity which I like because you can better control the limits of contact. I enjoy both networks immeasurably more than Facebook and have met some of the most amazing people in my lifetime particularly with Blogger- (yourself included). Similarly BLIP has exposed me to a lot of new music that I otherwise may have missed and reminded me of a lot of stuff that I really should remember. It’s just so bloody addictive!

Now Twitter, that is one I just don’t get…

Interesting post… Update us in a couple months once you’ve had a look around.

s

Remi said...

My friend Brian dug this one up and I figured it was kind of applicable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSgXwUI2Jxo

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are a wealth of information, Volly. This is exactly the sort of knowledge that I need to function in this fancy facebook thingy.
Interesting what you say about the ease of juggling identities. I guess we all do juggle multiple identities in our daily lives anyway.

And you seem quite content with that, Mr Anchovy.

There is a fair bit of creepiness on Facebook, I am starting to realize, Sean. Photos of you in bunny ears definitely does NOT fall into that category. In fact, it was worth joining just to get a gander at that marvel!
I agree that BLIP and Blogger are both more to my taste and those will be the sites that I will always gravitate toward. I don't get Twitter either. It's like BLIP without music. What's the point?

That is pretty great, Remi! Thank Brian for me. Nothing like a timely song.

Gail said...

been there; done that; FB bores me silly - but your descriptions of social media are priceless.

John Mutford said...

At this rate you'll start Twittering in 2017.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There's a lot of inane content on Facebook, that's for sure, Gail. But some good networking opportunities as well.

I'm leaning toward 2034 myself, John.