In late February, we were treated to a new piece of nonfiction about a phenomenon in social media, Facebook: The Inside Story, by Steven Levy. Other books have been written about the infamous social network, but this one is the latest and, I think, greatest. Rather than a review, I just want to share some of my thoughts about it.
What do Facebook, Instagram, and the Hunger Games have in common? You might think about some kind of technological dystopia. Good guess, but no. They’re all books about to be released soon, and I’m planning to read them with gusto!
So...last week I re-friended Facebook. I’ve been back on for a few days now. And - surprise - I have some thoughts. Mostly good. [Like.]
Alright, guess what? Six months after deleting my Facebook, I rejoined. Again. Resist no more; I’m gonna give this relationship another try. And next time I get moody and sour on The Social Network, I’ll deactivate instead of deleting. Because I always return. So why did I cave in once more?
Alright, I’ve got a bit of a confession. After deleting my Facebook account over 5 months ago, I started feeling drawn to rejoin. Perish the thought! I’ve already admitted to the cycle I have, like bouncing back and forth in an unhealthy relationship. So I think I need an intervention. Will the cycle ever end?
A simple little thought popped into my gray matter the other day. Instead of abandoning all social-media because it’s all mania, how about I promote Twitter as the single best alternative to Facebook?
Movin’ right along, footloose and Facebook-free! We can have good times and good news without the Newsfeed. We have good friends we can’t lose even when we delete Facebook.
Bokeh is “An Instagram alternative to share photos with friends and family privately, see them in chronological order, and without creepy ads.”
Franklin Foer wrote a book called, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. I read it last week and want to share a few thoughts about it. If you use Facebook, Google, or Amazon (ok, so like everybody), then you might wanna read this.
Do you remember back when Instagram first came out? It was not social-focused like it is today. It was photo-focused. And I totally miss that.
There's a lot to like out there. Like...pizza! I like sharing my interests with others who are like-minded. You and I like connecting with people. We all like the camaraderie, the feeling of belonging, and being accepted. We like to be liked!
As I sit here typing on my iPad, my thoughts spill over with uncertainty. I feel conflicted - over my Facebook account! This should not be. And you're probably thinking, "Really!?" I'm not being melodramatic. Yet where do I begin? How about we try to keep it simple. Simple is good, don't you think? Cyclical... Continue Reading →