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Somehow I have become a loyal user of Facebook
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Perhaps it's because I'm not a big fan of Twitter, and perhaps it is because it was around first, but I have noticed that I have become a loyal user of Facebook. If you look at my profile you will see that I have a comment where I said that "...I'm not a fan of Facebook, I'm only here because I lost a bet..." Well that was in part true when I first joined Facebook as I was really trying to hold out on using it. I was still one of the early ones to sign up for a Facebook account, but I thought that it was only to check it out and that I would delete my account in a few weeks.

The Facebook Addiction

As I started poking around Facebook way back when, it happened. I was bitten, not by a radio-active spider, but by the Facebook Addiction bug. All of a sudden, long lost friends started adding me, people who I had always wondered about from my childhood. Some that had moved away when I was younger, others that had moved on throughout the years. Then family members who I do not necessarily keep in contact with on a weekly or monthly basis were now messaging me and leaving notes on my wall every couple of days. That was pretty cool. It was nice conversing with family memebers more regularly as well as catching up with some old friends. I could see why people were becoming easily addicted.

Since this time, I have really learned to enjoy Facebook and in this time have become a loyal user of Facebook. I tend to go on Facebook nearly everyday especially more recently. I have been able to use Facebook to:
  • view wedding pictures from my cousins wedding
  • let me family know about the birth of my son along with updates of how he and my wife were doing after his birth and the days after
  • upload pictures of my son to share with my family and friends
  • update my family's status as we were/are evacuated from our home due to wildfires in our area
  • inform friends and family that we were safe during this time of evacuation
  • obtain updates from friends and co-workers
  • read entertaining comments on pictures
  • receive and view thoughts and well wishes from friends and family
There is a consistent theme here. It is personalization. While some fear Big Brother and are weary of giving out too much information online, I think that environments like Facebook can be a great way to share and obtain information. I was one of those people who was hesitant to provide a ton of information online. I still avoid sharing a lot of stuff. So while, like many, I may not like all of the changes to Facebook's interface, I can still appreciate what I am able to use Facebook for, and that is to connect with friends and family. A lot of the information is timely more so than say if I did a search on Google. Twitter is limited in what you can and should share, Facebook makes it easy for me to control what I share and with whom. Of course there are business benefits to using Facebook as well.

In a recent issue of Wired magazine, there was an intriguing story about Facebook and how they are looking to challenge Google in the online world. While it is not a search engine per se. Facebook is an ever increasing online destination and has caused a ripple in the online world over the past couple of seasons. Why do you think that both Google and Microsoft (with Microsoft winning out) wanted to purchase a stake in Facebook? Facebook has some very valuable user data, and while you might be hesitant about giving information out, the more that you do share the richer your experience may be.

Somehow I have become a loyal user of Facebook. Who would have thought that would be possible?

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posted by Jody @ Tuesday, July 21, 2009  
1 Comments:
  • At 6:24 AM, OpenID aliswi said…

    Now if only Facebook would do away with those annoying applications. I agree that Facebook is great for many reasons, but if I get “bit” by one more zombie someone is going to get hurt. Why does such a great social networking tool have these ridiculous and pointless applications?

     
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