Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Antisocial Networking

To quote the great Mitch Hedberg: Facebook is like pancakes...all exciting at first...then you're f'ing sick of it.

It was fun to track down (and be tracked down by) old classmates and boyfriends and to try and come up with witty status updates that got reactions. It may be the new layout that is annoying me, because now it takes me forever to scroll through the "Top 5 Albums" and the "This friend sent this friend a Peep" stuff before I get to anything that I want to read. Has my attention span gotten shorter...or is Facebook just now old news? It now seems tedious to check in and wade through all the crap in the hope of reading a few interesting or clever status updates.

I'm going to keep my profile up, but I think I'll be working through e-mail for the forseeable future.

(Of course, I am counting on my old friend, Internet, to come up with the next cool thing, and I'll be happily participating...)

Yours in Christ,


Dilettard07 said...

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Twitter.
Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

Kathleen said...

Oh, I'll get a Twitter account, Dilettard07, and I'll keep Twittering "plastics" just for your benefit...

Ri said...

You have a Twitter account. I know this, because I "Follow" you. (Doing my part to up the ante on your ego.)

You have yet to Tweet, however. Perhaps this falling out with Facebook is just the worm you need to make you sing?

(Okay. Evidently I'm lousy with bird banter.)

Kathleen said...

Hey, Ri -- I did get a Twitter account a while back, but then forgot my login information and am too much of a lame-o to figure out how to get back in. (Seriously...sometimes stuff like that is just too hard for me. I am at least owning how pathetic I am now...)

dilettante07 said...

I definitely think fb jumped the shark with the new format. In additiin to learning that most of my HS friends have apparently way more free time than I do to take umpteen inane quizzes, I really hate that it shows what you're writing on other people's walls. It makes me not want to do or write anything. And the worst part? I can't immediately see if I've been poked or not!

KevStar said...

I hope the new FB layout proves that this new medium is social networking, not an exhibitionist free-for-all.

Kathleen said...

Dilettard-YES! That whole "see what I write to everyone" thing is really annoying. As is the poking thing...I know I've been delinquent in poking you as I cannot FIND the poke command. Totally jumped the shark.
KevStar - there is a great line from a commencement address that Conan O'Brien gave at Harvard about the Internet that reminds me of your comment...must find...

JenBC said...

I have to agree with Dilettard on this one. Status updates are my co-favorite part of FB, along with pics.

So get a new Twitter account or revive the old one! Oh -- and take just a few minutes, maybe while listening to your CD Walkman -- to activiate your phone on Twitter. If you find yourself getting exasperated, ask Avery for help.

Just think how witty and twitty you could be if you could just spout off by phone -- no matter where your trippy family is!

I also have an unused Twitter account (sorry, DE, my only loyal follower. sniff) -- that I hereby pledge to use, gol' darn it. I've seen how some other friends -- marketing/PR gurus like yourself --are using it to drive traffic to their blogs, and other virtual and real stuff.

Shall I ramble at you a little more? The good news is that I couldn't do this on Twitter, because there is a character limit.

Kathleen said...

KevStar - from Conan's commencement address (he sets this up by saying that he was going to read from a speech he had written when HE was a senior at Harvard): "One day, I believe that a high speed network of interconnected computers will spring up worldwide, so enriching people that they will lose their interest in idle chitchat and porn."