Advantages Keep in touch with friends
Disadvantages A social experiment that can feel Orwellian at times
Facebook is a social networking website, for the five people left on earth who haven’t at the very least heard of it, which re-connects, or hopefully maintains an existing connection, between friends (more on that later). The main functions of the site are the newsfeed, in which you can read something one of/many of your friends might have posted as their “status”, or even, more and frustratingly more common, conversations which someone you know may be a part of, but which are in most cases completely irrelevant to your good self. You also are updated on timely information such as Fred likes Chips and Ulrika joined People Who Need People are the Luckiest People in the World (examples only…I think). People can also post links to anything of their choosing - videos, blogs, personal photos and news stories being the most common. Sometimes people will make mildly amusing or witty commentary and there will be a wee chat, which can be fun. Other times posts will sink into the abyss like a stone and we won’t talk about that ever again, lesson learned!
I was slightly late to join the Facebook party. My only prior experience of online social “networking” was Myspace, which seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur. Myspace lacked the incestuously interactive properties of Facebook, the nosing about was more private, it was mostly about bands begging you to be their friend, listening to new songs which is still fun and totally worth venturing over for, with the occasional exchange with real life friends. Which was fine, in fact, it was arguably more direct and honest in many ways than the intricate social miasma that seems to pervade Facebook the longer you are on it (if you are bitter and twisted like me that is, if you are one of those annoying social butterfly types who Twitters their every breathless experience because you think people NEED TO KNOW, you will thrive like a hothouse flower).
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