Are you a facebook hater? Do you look down your nose at fb users?
Here are quotes from a few (of many, many,many!) people who enjoy skewering facebook. Maybe you are like one or more of them?
“I want to make a Facebook account and the name will be Nobody so when I see stupid crap people post, I can Like it. And it will say Nobody Likes This.” ― Jason Hendeles
“Friendship is something to be achieved over years of deep and intimate connection, not by clicking on a small picture and requesting it.” ― Ivo Quartiroli, Facebook Logout – Experiences and Reasons to Leave It
“Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?” ― Bill Maher
“Of course you’re not egotistical. I checked, and you look very humble in all 900 of the selfies you posted on facebook.” ― Sienna McQuillen
“It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someone please acknowledge me?” ― Marc Maron, Attempting Normal
“Facebook gives people an illusory sense of being LIKED.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I, on the other hand, am an active fb user and aficionado. Perhaps not as active as I used to be, but still there checking fb a couple of times every day (I lie, it’s more).
Mark Zuckerberg does not need my help nor any more users…but I thought I would lay out why I’m a fan.
Ah, what the heck. Let me give Mark Z some more friends even though he doesn’t really need my help with any of this.
It all boils down to this: I feel amazingly connected. Correction. I am connected.
To who, you say?
- To my old school friends (and teachers!) who I had not heard from or about for years and years (I won’t date myself and say for how long)
- To long lost friends and colleagues that I should not have lost touch with…but life took over
- To my cousins and other family friends who are spread out around the country and world…how else would I hear about all the wonderful stories of Satya’s little ones who I have yet to meet?!
- To my current pals who I still see every week
- To my old pals who have moved away from town
- To my family members including my mom who lives 10,000 miles away
- To my kids (but I see only what they choose to show me)
And what’s it all worth to me?
As MasterCard says so well, in these days where time and life seem to be zipping along at an ever increasing pace, those connections (and especially the ease of them) are simply priceless.
“My generation was secretive, brooding, ambitious, show-offy, and this generation is congenial. Totally. I imagine them walking around with GPS chips that notify them when a friend is in the vicinity, and their GPSes guide them to each other in clipped electronic lady voices and they sit down side by side in a coffee shop and text-message each other while checking their e-mail and hopping and skipping around Facebook to see who has posted pictures of their weekend.” ― Garrison Keillor