Funny thing about Facebook

One important thing that I’ve noticed is this – I wasted a ridiculous amount of time on a site that I couldn’t wait to leave. Since I’ve stopped visiting, I’ve actually noted that I have more time in my day.

I still contend that Facebook is a great network for personal relationships — keeping up with old friends and the lives of people we care about. It’s not something pros really get much out of though.

  • If you take a bath every day and sit there for 2 hours you loose a lot of time by doing that. But I wouldn’t call “cleaning” a waste of time. I shower and it takes 15 minutes. It’s your f***ing decision how much time you spend on something. I don’t get people hating facebook or talking about leaving it. WHO CARES.

  • Johnpg

    I think you hit the nail on the head. It’s good for regular people, but not “pros” or Internet celebrities. My definition of both of those includes you, Jim. I think Twitter is exactly the opposite and that’s at least part of why the tech press seems to prefer it. Having said all of that, I’m not suggesting we forget Facebook’s sins of course.

  • Here here! Facebook is such a usefull tool for family and friends to keep in touch with what is going on in each others lives. It all comes down to use though. I don’t want to see what you had for breakfast, but posting pictures of my nephews first hocky game is! Facebook is a tool, it needs to be used appropriately, not abused.

  • I know so many people with orphaned twitter accounts. They set one up, don’t get the point or get any use from it, then leave and never come back. I get some use out of twitter as a screenwriting information resource, but as a social tool I find it tedious.

    Facebook on the other hand is a fun way to keep tabs on what my friends are up to and to share links, videos and photos and thoughts with those friends. It seems like Facebook is perceived as too low brow by the technorati. Maybe it’s because on Facebook everyone in your network is considered more or less an equal, whereas twitter is more about who is the follower and who is being followed.

  • That’s how I use it Jim.

  • Facebook is only ever as good as the company you keep on it. Complaining about it and talking about leaving it is like threatening to take down your mailbox because nobody sends you Christmas cards. Doesn’t make the mail service worthless, the problem is your ability to make friends worth staying in touch with!