Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Here's the deal with Facebook.

Okay, so Facebook is about 5 years old and I'm just now getting on it. I was never interested until about 6 friends in a single week asked me why I wasn't.

So I relented.

I am now on Facebook.

I've seen some people say that because of Twitter and things like Facebook that the blogosphere as we know it is old the cassette tape or the beta max. I've read Tony kinda looks down his nose at Twitter. After just a couple weeks here are my observations.

Facebook is not and will not replace the blog. Neither will Twitter. They are not an improvement on the blog they are different from the blog. I don't even think the term micro-blogging fits.

I think Facebook is the latest evolution of something like and Twitter just a more advanced form of texting. Neither offer all the same things as the blog. In my first couple weeks on Facebook what I've seen mostly is "you are now about 40 and you want to find all your old friends from high school and college". Twitter is like an online texting party line or rave. That's it.

The blog on the other hand is a type of self publishing. Many of the people who I read enjoy writing, want to improve their writing and at a minimum see it as much as a creative outlet more than a form of communication between friends.

My blog is a little different in that mine is written under a pen name while other's have developed an amount of fame or desire fame from their work. Regardless whether it is written anonymously or not most people write a blog so they can put their thoughts down in written form. Most of us take time in organizing our thoughts and a typical blog post is hundreds of words....although I've vowed to make mine shorter in 2009. That isn't Twitter and Facebook.

I'm enjoying finding old friends as much as anyone right now but I've seen many on Facebook refer to it as THE ADDICTION. I don't see being that attached to it. I like it better than because you can do so much more for free than you could ever do on Classmates and it is great because it seems like you can find college, high school, old work friends, etc all on one spot. Now that I think about it Facebook is like a combination of Linkedin and Classmates.

I'm not interested in Twitter......texting drives me a little crazy although I do find it useful at times when I don't need to talk but want to get somebody a tid bit of information.

By the way, Life in SOJOCO is now on Facebook as well.

So who is on Facebook? Twitter? What do you think?

I really dislike the "write in what you are doing now".....really annoying.

And as promised on Monday here are prolly my 5 favorite posts from posts 101-200. Ah, so difficult to find just five, about 7 instead. Hope you enjoy clicking through the memories. Did I miss your favorite?

1. Great Gym Story from last night.....the Kansas Sity Sinic parody post

2. Are you coming to my gym?

3. Johnson County's Best of 2008

4. I hate Nancy Pelosi so much

5. Cinco de Drinko - December 5th

6. Toplikar Out

7. LJ has problem with DV

Again, thanks for reading!


Kansas Sity Sinic said...

ok mister, this whole same thought blogging this is just weird!

Old Fart said...

I'm on facebook. Like yourself I recently joined.

Found your blog link there and became a fan, then added the Grumbling Old Fart to the mix over there, even though I have it fed into my personal page. Funny thing though, FB wouldn't allow me to use FART, I had to make it F@RT.

JOCOeveryman said...

Yea, I know. Well you write on quite a few things a day I've noticed.....

Anyway....strange enough.

Kansas Sity Sinic said...

I have a lot of things to say.