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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Should I join Facebook?

I'm undecided on the issue, personally, which is why I'm asking all of you to weigh in. On the one hand, it's enough for me simply to maintain this blog, let alone to contribute to Sivacracy (oh--and earn a living). On the other hand, a recent peek at a friend's Facebook page showed me that, well, essentially everyone I know in the universe belongs. No one's directly pressured me to join, yet I feel compelled to be a part of something so many people seem to be engaging in. (Yes, I succumb fairly easily to peer pressure.)

In other news, I've made a few minor changes to add further interactivity to D&R. Each post now contains a footer with email, Digg, and subscription links. I've also changed my site syndication, which is now handled through FeedBurner.

Happy 2008, everyone, and let me know what you think about Facebook.


P.S. For more on this thread, see my post from May 2008, "Why Did I Join Facebook?"

10 comments:

Gil said...

Sweet Elvis in heaven, man! If you're not on Facebook, then you're nobody! ALL the cool kids are on Facebook! ALL of us!

Gregory.Seigworth said...

Hey, don't believe Gil -- I'm not cool, and I'm on facebook (though I refuse to do much more than update my status every 12 hours and sometimes take a personality - match quiz or some such) ... none of the other time-distractors ... so, as low-key as you want it to be ... and, what's this about Elvis in heaven? I swear that I just ...

Jonathan said...

I'm lower-key than Greg but I dunno. I honestly don't like it that much. Join if you'd enjoy it. I don't think you're missing anything by not joining.

Ted Striphas said...

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the input. I'd be curious to hear from you or others if you see Facebook as a productive networking tool or instead just a fun time-suck.

I'll be honest: what started to sell me on the idea of joining, beyond seeing everyone I know there, was a Foucault discussion group, which seemed to be having a lively conversation about F's work. Facebook seemed to offer a kind or a level of interactivity not quite available on, say, blogs, or even email discussion lists.

Anyway, I'm still inclined to hear more....

P.S. And, no, Elvis is not in heaven. He's living in an apartment in Parsippany, NJ.

Brian said...

Don't join! Be part of the Facebook/Myspace resistance like me! I really can't help but shake my head sadly at the fact that Facebook is a sponsor of one of the New Hampshire primary debates.

Greg said...

You can always consider the following, from the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook

:)

Greg said...

here's that URL again
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/
facebook

Anonymous said...

facebook will get you sooner or later.

ariel said...

Why risk, rape, kidnap, or stalking for some fun on the computer? Go out side, get some fresh air.

Jerry said...

In my opinion, Facebook or Myspace seems like something a gossipy-girl would belong to.