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What's your take on facebook?

Every now and then, someone asks me why I don’t post more on my facebook page. I guess it’s because Live Journal’s so much more fun.

Most days, I drop in on facebook for a couple of minutes to make a couple of comments on other people’s posts, but aside from announcing my Friday links list, I really don’t use it too much.

That’s not to say I don’t think it’s worthwhile, but I much prefer the slower pace of a more traditional (if that’s the right word) blog, like the ones you find here on LJ. 

It’s true that a lot more people seem willing to connect on facebook than here on Live Journal. Every week I get about a dozen or so facebook friend requests, most of which are from people I don’t know. I’m happy to make new acquaintances and I almost always accept (once I’ve checked whether they’re a real person).

Sadly though, all too often that new friend immediately posts a link on my wall, touting his/her latest book or event without so much as a ‘By your leave’. I’m all for networking, but to me that’s not networking, that’s being a jerk. No better than turning up at a writing group for the first time and handing out bookmarks promoting your book.

It’s the same with facebook messages – the ones which get sent as an email. I’m quite happy to get announcements from people I already know (so long as they don’t overdo it), but sending a blanket email to someone you found through a mutual acquaintance on facebook is spamming, pure and simple.

Then again, maybe I’m just old-fashioned.

Sure, writing a 400-500 word blog post takes up more of your time than slapping down a thought of the day on facebook, but the resulting interactions with folks who stop by to read it are so much more personal (and if you ask me a heck of a lot more fun).

That’s why, useful as it is, and glad as I am to have friends there, I don’t post more often on facebook.

How about you?

What’s your take on facebook?


Poll #1655667 What's your take on facebook?

What's your take on facebook?

I prefer facebook to blogging because…(see comments)
1(1.7%)
I love my facebook account, but LJ’s more fun.
10(16.9%)
Yeah, I have an account there too, but I hardly ever log on.
18(30.5%)
Facebook, shmacebook. I can’t be bothered with it.
10(16.9%)
Something else, which I’ll explain in the comments.
20(33.9%)



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wldhrsjen3
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I use FB to stay in touch with my family (they don't read my blog) and to connect with local people (who aren't allowed to read my blog). But I much prefer LJ because here I can be totally open about my opinions and inclinations, I have space to express myself and can engage more deeply with thoughtful people.

It's odd that I should feel closer to LJ people I've never met in real life while I maintain distance from some of the people I run into every week, but there it is. (shrugs)
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean :)
shoebrera
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
My grandchildren check in and share on Facebook. I go there to see the latest pics and comments. Other than that, I don't post much there. I too prefer LJ. These people are more "real," more approachable, I guess. When I click to donate for free, a link ends up on Facebook. Don't know how to stop that. But me, my inner self, never on that page. If anything, I just remind my family and friends to go to LJ to see what I've said.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's always good to point people to LJ :)
nell_greene
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I don't post much on Facebook, and I don't blog/livejournal at all yet, but I really like Facebook's news feed. I keep up with and comment on what my family is doing, but also get updates on artists I like and their current projects.

I hate RSS feeds, so most of the time I would have no idea when a writer that doesn't use lj (gasp!) has a new blog post unless they link to it from Facebook.

The downside of Facebook is their lack of privacy and all the spam, though. I do prefer blogs for connecting with people; I feel more free to be myself, and I agree that it's a more substantive connection.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
There's a Google thingy for RSS feeds, which I'm told stacks them all up in a nice little row for you, but I haven't quite gotten around to sorting it out yet.
asakiyume
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I use Facebook primarily to keep in touch with my children who are away from home, and with old friends or relatives who are also at a distance--and even so, I don't go on much. Maybe once every couple of days, though if I do go on in a day, I tend to go back more that same day, to follow up with comments and things.

I hate the business of Facebook; I'm not interested in the games and things. I do like the quick glimpses of what's going on with people, but only in a mild way. Whereas LJ, I really love. You can talk about things at length, and I like that a lot.

I'm willing to become friends with strangers on LJ--in fact, almost everyone I know on LJ started out as a stranger, and some have become dear friends. On Facebook, though, I don't friend people I don't know in some way.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
That's how I look at it. I have friends on LJ and acquaintance's on facebook.
kmarkhoover
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
FB is more self-indulgent than LJ, imo. Same for Twitter, although Twitter is much more frenetic and scattershot which is another problem altogether.

That's why I like them less than LJ. LJ isn't perfect, but it does tend to suit my style of writing and sharing moments of my life with other people in something other than empty, glittering, ephemeral facets.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I guess there's room for all three, but I know which one I prefer :)
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jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Lol, I spell it 'pthwerrrrpt!' :)
jediknightmuse
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I like using facebook because I can connect with my friends and family. I've reconnected with people I haven't seen in years, and other people that I went to school with, never spoke a word to in high school or before then, and am now good friends with because of getting to know each other through facebook. Facebook definitely has its issues- privacy, always changing the profile layout (sounds like another site I know of- I'm looking at you, LJ)- but it is a good site...as long as people don't use it in creepy ways. Also, I can keep my facebook friends separate from livejournal, and that's what I need- I can't tell you how many entries I've made about family members and people who are "friends" that would make them never want to talk to me again (in my defense, though, most of those entries were made out of being frustrated with those people).
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
...but it is a good site...as long as people don't use it in creepy ways

Lol, that goes for all of them, I think :)
mongrelheart
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
There's a saying, "Facebook is for friends who have become strangers", and I basically find that to be true. Pretty much the only thing I do on FB is add people who have made " friend requests" , and then never interact with them again, LOL. I dunno... That site just does not appeal to me for some reason. I also don't feel confident that FB is going to respect my privacy.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
They certainly seem to shoot themselves in the foot over there :)
slweippert
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I have a Facebook account, mostly because most of my family is there and use it for announcements. Because of this, I do not use it for any professional stuff. Maybe when I'm famous I'll post writing stuff there, but mostly it's a social place where I play games. :)
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've resisted the temptation to play facebook games so far :)
sue_bridehead
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I don't really blog on either FB or LJ, but I write a bit more freely on LJ because of the anonymity. FB people know exactly who I am, and I don't like having to censure myself to keep from getting into an argument over politics or religion. I try to stay away from those subjects on both sites, but I am a bit more open on LJ.

What I do most on FB is comment on others' posts, wish friends happy birthday, see what old classmates and coworkers are up to, and play SCRABBLE! Honestly, Scrabble is my favorite thing on the whole site. :D

Something else I like about FB is that if a person comments on a thread you've posted or commented to, you get a notification, which is cool. It keeps you in the loop. LJ (as far as I know) only notifies you if a person responds to your comments or posts. I also enjoy the links to videos, articles, political cartoons, etc., that my friends post on FB. I know people can put these on LJ too, but since it is more of a personal blogging site, you don't see as many of them.

Now, there is one bonus of LJ: you can choose more than one avatar, whereas FB only gives you one. However, given the look and purpose of FB, that's probably a good thing. ;)

Edited at 2010-12-11 08:41 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
An interesting take. Thanks for sharing, Sue :)
snaky_poet
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I like them both in different ways.

I hated facebook at first, then learnt to use it the way I want - ignoring all apps and only adding people I really want to. The first time I had an account, I soon ran screaming. Then, I forget why, rejoined and found lots of old poet cronies I'd lost touch with had joined in the meantime. It's been great catching up with them. And people do blog on fb; they just call it Notes.

It's twitter I can't cope with, not being a phone kinda gal. I am there, mainly to post short poems or make rude political comments when enraged, but I think I use fb more like most people use twitter.

Personally, I blog on Blogger, and sometimes copy to LJ, or else use LJ for more personal stuff, according to the fiction that no-one here knows who I really am. (Actually, I think everyone knows; they're nearly all on fb or twitter too.)

MySpace was my first love, since 2006. I joined LJ solely to read the journal of one close friend/clever writer, had trouble getting used to its differences from MySpace, and gradually came to love it because of the people I met here.

MySpace is now a travesty of its former self and I have decamped. My mates and I moved Haiku on Friday and Tanka on Tuesday to fb, where they are going great guns with a newly dynamic interaction. I did start Friday Haiku on LJ too some time ago, then handed it over to someone else to run. It's nice, but seems staid compared with the fb conversation. The way fb is set up allows for a livelier interaction on pages like that. MySpace allowed for one long conversation; LJ dictates several small, individual conversations within the larger hournal; fb manages to do both those things at the same time, with greater ease of access.

I seriously love the way one can get creative with the Blogger blogs — which used to be the case to a lesser degree on MySpace too, but no longer — but am not prepared to put in the work it would need to create the sense of community there which happens of its own accord here and on fb.



jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I love the community feel you get here on LJ. There's the occasional spam post (usually in another language), with a link to some jewelry sale or shoe store.
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jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Since I landed the contract for my novel, FB has been playing an ever bigger role in promoting my work as an author.

I wish you luck with it :)
a_r_williams
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Don't like it.

Now, with that being said, I haven't gone out of my way to learn how to maximize its use, but the main problem I have is with security.

There are far too many buttons with various and dubious functions to make sure the groups you want see what their supposed to see--and yet still there will be someone able to get information they shouldn't be able to get.

I may learn more about it in the future and try to make better use of it. It's just not a major concern of mine at the moment though.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I confess, I've not spent much time delving into the workings of facebook either.
karen_w_newton
Dec. 11th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
I have some intersection of the two in that some of my FB friends are also writers, but for the most part, FB is for family and non-writer friends, and LJ is exclusively for interacting with other writers. Most of my FB posts are brief and more personal than my LJ posts, although I do have my LJ posts go over to FB as "notes."

I love FB because it lets me keep in touch with my family who don't live in the area. I love LJ because of the way it offers community for like-minded folks.
jongibbs
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
FB is for family and non-writer friends

A lot of people seem to do that.
eneit
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I use facebook, but I don't like it. My children, odd creatures that they are - with the exception of one perfectly normal son - friended me on facebook before I even had an account. Something that freaked me out somewhat at the time. Now their partners have added me, and that's even more odd. What the heck is wrong with these kids? Do they 'really' want me commenting on their status updates. Well, errr yes. Apparently.

I much prefer the conversations you can have on live journal, and the lack of games or other ridiculous applications shown to all and sundry.
jongibbs
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
My son's not letting me anywhere near his facebook page :)
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