Technology Ain’t All That

Since Facebook has decided yet again to reorganize its home page, I find myself disenchanted with it. This latest incarnation provides inconsistent updates and leaves me feeling disconnected from all the folks I call friends. I’ve come to realize that I rely too much on that social network for my feeling of connection with friends.

Facebook, when it works, does allow me to see snippets of friends’ days, and to see the articles and other links they share that are interesting. (I’m on Twitter too, but I dislike the format and hardly use it except to gather or share information. Facebook’s ability to comment on an individual post makes it more relevant.)

However, now that I feel I’m missing updates, and I know others are not seeing mine consistently, I’m left with two questions:

How much to do I really need to be on the Internet, anyway?

Whatever happened to blogging as a means of connection?

Facebook is centralized; whereas I’m not going to be able to get my friends to come read my blog, I can let them see updates at FB.

But I could also email friends directly, blog, call. When they aren’t working correctly, I realize how much of a time suck all these networks are.

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3 Comments on “Technology Ain’t All That”

  1. Jan Says:

    I’m going through the same debate myself, so I totally understand.

  2. Mark Says:

    Sort of agree. What facebook gives me is a connection, however nebulous, to friends that I am unlikely to see anytime soon (say those in Boston). I’ve been trying to treat it and all of my other networks as streams of information. I dive in when I can, jump back out, and don’t worry about the things that float by when I’m not paying attention. I’m not entirely successful, but when it works, it feels good.

  3. donna Says:

    I don’t really feel connected through FB, Twitter, etc. I’ve built far more feeling of connection through the blogs. I miss that people don’t comment as much anymore, and I miss that interaction. I think the “social” networking has really detracted from the Internet experience, overall. But then I’ve been on the Internet since it was Arpanet, back in the early 80s, so maybe it’s just a “get off my lawn” response. We used to have lively discussions and debates through mailing lists, Usenet news groups, etc, etc. Now there is no real discussion, just people randomly posting their latest thought. It makes me sad, really.

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