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Facebook sucks

It makes me awfully sad that LJ has lost so many souls to Facebook. It's kind of lonely here these days. When I go over there to try to catch up with people, I am reminded of how weak and commercial and free of good content it is.

LJ has thriving communities. It has creative writing and art and actual discourse on topics. Facebook has brief quips and lots of advertising. LJ is helping to keep the art of conversation alive, and Facebook is basically on online forum for text messages.

And when you complain about it, everyone says "yeah, but this is easier." *grinds teeth*

ETA: I do get that Facebook has some uses, such as locating lost friends. What galls me is that so many people who used to use LJ seem to have "left for FB." It is not a reasonable substitute.


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May. 29th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
May. 29th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 29th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
i only check facebook because some members of my family are on it. but i vastly prefer lj.
May. 29th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Understood. I do have an account there for similar reasons.
May. 29th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I think they're useful for different things. Pictures are a lot easier on FB, people tend to update much more often, it's *much* easier to find long-lost friends there. However, for actual discussion, and definitely for creative pursuits like fanfic, you're right that LJ beats the pants off the competition. In some ways, it's similar to the differences between IM and e-mail.

My preferred method for the moment - locate friends on FB, stay away from the silly games, and communicate anything longer than a quick update via LJ (comments, haven't updated my own journal recently) or e-mail.
May. 29th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense. It has its uses, to be sure, but it is not a sufficient substitute for LJ.
May. 29th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
I check it once a week or so, 90% for pictures.
May. 29th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: agreed
It's true that folks post more pictures, and I'm glad to have reconnected with some people. I just hate that a lot of folks are saying that they've left LJ in favor of FB. It's apples to oranges.
Re: agreed - kitteblue - May. 29th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Facebook is superficial.
There is no depth.
There is no thought.
There is no there, there.

LJ is where I post about what is inside.
LJ is where I post about my heart.
LJ is where I expect my friends to respond.

It is easier to post a short something to FB,
but LJ is for journalism and for life.
May. 29th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well said!
(no subject) - tyellas - May. 29th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - May. 30th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I post less on LJ since fewer people seem to be reading and replying. Not that I "need an audience" but I mostly see LJ as a discussion vs. a journal and one-way discussions aren't as interesting.

It's a cycle. People post less, so other people read less, so other people post less...
May. 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
And that is what makes me sad.
May. 29th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
I essentially agree - FB is good for finding people and getting fast glimpses of people's lives. Um, and Scrabble. But there's little real conversation there.

I've been trying to be here more often, but LJ works best when you can sit down and actually write, and my time has been so fractured lately...I haven't even had time to read fic. I'm still reading everyone, though. :)
May. 29th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I am very sympathetic to lack of time, certainly. And I really appreciate that you read still read people! I need to be more consistent about that myself.
May. 29th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
I use Facebook for finding people, coordinating plans, skimming statuses, sharing links and looking at photos.

LJ is still for the longer thoughts and conversation. I still check LJ daily. I haven't written a long post here in a long time - but that isn't because I am posting them elsewhere.
May. 29th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Woops... forgot to login before I posted that last comment. Too excited to reply I guess!
(no subject) - fenriss - May. 29th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Totally agree.

I think both programs have their uses and purposes. I've used the analogy that they're like shoes. FB is a silly fun trendy pair of sandals, and LJ is a comfy sneaker you can walk for miles in. You wouldn't want to wear the sandals on a hike or the sneakers to a cocktail party, but you'd want them both in your closet.

Come on, people! It's a big Internet; don't put all your social-networking eggs in one basket!

Wow, I just mixed every metaphor possible in this comment, didn't I? :)
May. 29th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
You make good points, and I do recognize that FB has its uses. I just feel a little resentful that I have to check a bunch of different sites if I want to keep up with everyone. I *want* people to put all of their social-networking eggs in one basket! It's all about my convenience!

Er... sorry. Those are cute shoes you have there :)
(no subject) - pastor_saturn - May. 29th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I have to be on Facebook for work.

About a third of my friends are on LJ, a third are on Facebook, and a third are on Twitter. It's a gigantic pain in the ass. I know other people complain about Twitter feeds in LJ, but I like them! It lets me keep up with people.
May. 29th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
The Twitter feeds on LJ don't bother me in the least. If I could just get the FB posts my friends make transferred over here in a feed, then I would be happy. Only one site to check!
May. 29th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I like facebook for the quick check ins but I enjoy LJ for reading about people's experiences, lives and travels. Especially since Steve and I don't get out to see everyone face to face all that often, LJ makes me feel like I still know some of what is going on in everyone's lives.
May. 29th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's why I like it. It's good to have a way to stay in touch on a deeper level. I suppose it's just blogs with a social networking function.
May. 29th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I prefer LJ, this seems easier to me.....but I still do use face book daily for some contacts that don't use LJ.
May. 29th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
It's having lots of people on different sites that tends to get on my nerves. I hate having to check multiple places to keep up with everyone.
May. 30th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
i agree with you on the loss - but many people still use lj or dreamwidth or other blog sites (such as wordpress or blogger) and crosspost or rss feed here
May. 30th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I likewise, concur. I totally avoid FB, and (even if I'm not a big poster on LJ, it's not like I was before), still try to check out LJ at least once a day (for many of the above reasons).
Jun. 1st, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
yeah but...
... if one is not into blogging (writing or reading), you cease to exist with LJ.

Or at least _I_ disappeared, as very few people bothered to maintain any other contact such as emails or phone calls.

So with FB, at least I have a virtual existence!

(I had to ask Chris what my LJ login was since its been so long since I have been here)

Still love you! see you on FB!

-jenn (in case you don't remember who this login is!)
Jun. 2nd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah but...
I regret that we've lost touch, honey. Very much. I hope you aren't too upset with me about it. Much love to you and Chris.
Re: yeah but... - the_czarevna - Jul. 12th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
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