Time to Dump Facebook (again)

I am beginning to think it’s time for all of us to dump Facebook and go back to forums, blogs and email. Facebook tries to be all of those things mashed into one, and succeeds only in doing them all badly. Its only success has been in killing off everything that did those things better than Facebook does.

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4 Responses to Time to Dump Facebook (again)

  1. I’ve been prepared to do this for a long time now. I only use FB as a way to draw attention to the endeavors I have direct control over. If it died tomorrow, I’d lose nothing.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    And to enlarge on this slightly, one of Facebook’s fundamental problems is that different people want to use it for quite different and incompatible reasons.

    One set of people see it as a means of maintaining relationships, and use it exclusively for things like baby pictures and digital small-talk. Another group want a conversation space for serious discussions about music, culture and (occasionally) politics.

    I think there are situations where those two different use cases are fundamentally incompatible with one another. I don’t believe that everything you say in every single online discussion about any subject needs to be thrown in the face of everybody you kn0w.

    But that’s the way Facebook currently works, with comments you make on public posts thrown into the newsfeeds of people who weren’t even friends with the person on whose status you commented, or aren’t members of the group you posted in.

  3. Simon Brunning says:

    All this is true, but, you know, FB is where all the people are. All the alternatives, better than FB in one way or another, don’t have that. It’s a hard problem.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    And that’s a big part of the Facebook’s problem. I’m not sure I really I want everybody I know gathered together in one place, and the way Facebook does that is a recipe for unwanted and unneccesary drama.

    Facebook’s fundamental structure embodies most if not all of the Geek Social Fallacies, especially #4 and #5 (And to some extent, #1).

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