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I Still Hate Facebook.

Yesterday I was conversing with a friend about the different merits of various social networking sites, and we both agreed that we would return to LJ for blogging purposes.

Did you know that FB only lets you post about 400 characters at a time? How does *that* encourage intelligent conversation? But sadly, it is where the vast majority of my friends have decamped to. So I suppose I will have to learn the best uses for both.

Today I am using a purple icon in protest against anti LGBT violence. Consider wearing purple today!


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Oct. 20th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I don't use FB for anything deep, just a way to touch the world while I live alone.
I do use FB for emails to folks far away because it is easier.
I use filter on LJ, but I am starting to wonder if they actually work right for others to view. My life has different facets that may not translate to everyone the same.
Oct. 20th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well, FB does have a "notes" feature which allows for full-length posts. What it does lack is a threaded comment feature. Oh, and any respect at all for your privacy.

(Honestly, I have no idea what the Russians could be doing with my LJ data, but at least the site isn't consciously structured around harvesting data, and doesn't incorporate applications that can access my stuff.)

I will say that my recent lack of posting here has less to do with FB than with the fact that there is absolutely nothing going on in my life that takes more than a sentence to express. The dissertation is mother, the dissertation is father.
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, FB just added a "groups" option so you can post to more limited sections of friends. I tested it and it seems to work correctly at least. But I still don't trust them with their privacy filters so I don't post anything there that I would be ashamed if it were splashed across the internet.
Oct. 20th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the not using FB for anything deep. I mainly use it to keep in touch with the people I don't want to have access to my personal thoughts. So, yeah.
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's like the difference between text messages and handwritten letters. They both have their charms. One's more likely to be cherished than another, though. :>
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Ooh! So, does this mean you'll be making peeps about Nanowrimo? Are you doing it this year?
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about NaNo this year. I have a few story ideas kicking around, but I am not convinced that any of them are novels. We shall see.


Oct. 20th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hey! Good to see you! I now have a FB page actually, but I don't intend to use it (I set it up for work/union solidarity linkage & am keeping it so I can see a few far-flung friends' photos.)
Oct. 20th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, and the pictures.
Oct. 20th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
And just as you say that, I've managed to precipitate a meaningful discussion over there in less than 400 characters.
Oct. 20th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I like FB a lot for glimpses of other people's lives and for finding people, but if I were going to post anything really substantial, it would be here.
Oct. 20th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Blogs are for blogging and Facebook isn't a blog. Before Facebook, our little slice of the world was using LJ more like a private social network than a true blog, so in retrospect, it is not too surprising that most of us made the jump when Facebook came along and mostly don't use LJ anymore. I never signed on to starship Zuckerberg because of the total lack of anonymity and the deeply ingrained disregard for personal privacy. I want to keep my nom de guerre between me and the Internet, thank you very much.

Edited at 2010-10-20 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I am still here too. I don't post anything private or actually personal on FB. I am with @eac, I post real stuff here -- and read my friends posts too of course.
Oct. 21st, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Agreed with the folks here. FB is for getting in touch. I particularly dislike the "news feed" section. FB decides who it thinks I care the most about based on some kind of algorithm that depends on how much we've communicated with in the past whatever time period. So, if you tell a date you would prefer not to see them again by FB message, that person's posts go to the top of your feed. Suck.
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