Semi-Charmed Life


All Hail Facebook

I hate how Facebook has creeped into my everyday life, but damnit they are so good at it.

What was once intended as a simple profile on a website is now my online identity. In the beginning I only had intentions of friending only you know . . . my real friends. But then you meet people a few times and it might merit a friending. Then before you know it you start making these rules for yourself like "I will only friend people I've met in person" because suddenly you find yourself becoming friends with everyone you come across in your life.

And it all becomes so overwhelming, because now every time I share something out there I need to weigh all these things out in my head. You just can't share everything in your life to a general audience.

It would have helped if G+ didn't SUCK. Hell I don't even know why it sucks. But it just does. Facebook is just better, and believe me I don't enjoy typing that.

These Facebook Creeps have gotten way better at quietly infiltrating our lives without us making much of a fuss about it. For starters, I clearly remember most people hating the timeline at its inception. Then again, people just hate change in general, even if its good change, so this might not be a great example.

But what I thought was ingenious was how they slowly rolled it out. They always had a warning up top, that let you know that timeline is coming homie, whether you like it or not. And they offered a convenient little button that allowed you to voluntarily switch before they forced it on you.

The combination of a warning and a slow rollout effectively killed the mass upheaval that happened the last few times Facebook dropped some drastic changes on us. Not that all the moaning and groaning did jack, but it was still negative press.

Facebook also beats out some of the forums I am on. I can't stand browsing certain forums anymore because of the constant trolling and stupid arguments and the same tired threads over and over. It doesn't happen as often in the FB groups I'm in because although everyone is behind a computer, their identity is out there (for the most part), so people are a little less inclined to act like complete douchebags. Groups are a relatively new thing, but once they grow a little more and become more established, that will be another reason why people will continue using Facebook.

It's also pretty interesting how companies or celebrities have now been using Facebook as a means of interacting with the fans. The engagement level is surprising, and I think it's definitely a win for both the fans and the company or celebrity (and I'm using that word loosely).

I know there are a whole bunch of privacy issues with Facebook, but hey, the votes are in and it looks like the world does not care. We want to be connected to Facebook. Having Facebook is like having the internet. When somebody, especially those near my age or younger, says they don't have Facebook I'm always a little surprised.

And they bought Instagram! I don't know what this means to me or to the world, but everybody seems to really care. So I felt the need for an exclamation point there.

I have no idea where I was going with this. I wanted to stomp on Facebook for being super creepy but I have to give props to them for how smooth they are with their creepiness. Sneaking their little tendrils into our lives little by little.


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