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FB is disappointing these days.

I am thinking of using this again. FB is getting... well, disappoinitng. I love my friends, and it is easy to stay in touch. But I feel like I can't post private or intimate feelings there like I could here. And G+ isn't making any of my friends excited enough to join it. Tumblr is OK, but again... no one wants to make the switch. FB is like a drug. A bad drug... like crack-cocaine for the MTV generation.


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Jul. 10th, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)
I do miss the days of reading and posting long thoughtful journal entries.
Jul. 10th, 2015 07:57 am (UTC)
Me too. It may take me a while to get back into the LJ groove. It is a much slower pace. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
that's part of why I'm feeling burnt out on FB. Given political season, there are some days when I hit my scroll tolerance ... and I've only read back an hour or two just because people are making 8 bajillion x-posts. Meanwhile, the quantity of actual personally informative posts is lower than ever.
Jul. 10th, 2015 08:47 am (UTC)
FB is chasing the dragon.

Their whole structure is designed around keeping you as a captive pair of eyes. The way they make money is by getting you to "like" businesses that buy the honor of having had their ads inserted in your stream of posts. They make sure that you must constantly check and recheck your feed to avoid missing anything, that way you are available to show an ad to. It doesn't matter that we know how to make it easy to manage much bigger information firehoses with client software designed for email or old school newsgroups. That paradigm doesn't make the shareholders any money. Purposely inconveniencing you, so that you struggle just a bit--it keeps you coming back, it keeps you present, so your eyes can be sold.

Long, thoughtful posts don't engender repeated views. Struggling to keep up in the face of a crap-flood makes for lots of regular viewing.

In order to maximize revenue, FB must maximize its total intrusiveness and inflicted inconvenience across billions of accounts. Losing a few low value accounts is fine as long as you keep the majority of folks nailed down.

I can't wait until they become another fucking MySpace.

Jul. 10th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah. But then what?
Will our friends come back here? Tumblr? Diaspora is pretty dead. How will we keep in touch?
Jul. 11th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Re: Yeah. But then what?
Some other platform will show up. It will seem great at first. But then they will start trying to "monetize " it. Then it will gradually become unusable suck and we shall periodically retreat to the shattered ghost of Facebook to remember the good old days with the few diehards who refused to leave.
Jul. 11th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
Facebook is fun for sharing what I'm reading, interesting things I run across, cool links and pictures. But it's really not a good setup for long, thoughtful sharing and real conversation.

Tumblr is too chaotic to me for real conversation, but I haven't been on there long so maybe I just don't get it.

I miss the way we all used to have real conversations here on LJ, but I don't know if it can be revived in any way. I'm still thinking about coming back just to have a place to write about what I'm thinking, what I see during my day, stuff that I don't want to share on FB because I don't want it confused with my business page.
Jul. 11th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
It still is good for journaling.
I still write here, but for my eyes only. FB is losing its charm. No one really says anything. :/
Jul. 14th, 2015 09:50 am (UTC)
I think this is the meat of it. Facebook is great for sharing things you see online - links, music, whatever. You can do that here of course but it's far less easy to pass on something you see someone else post. Facebook is geared to multimedia sharing more than it is to writing and creating.

I'm here. I too have used LJ a fair amount to journal just to myself, or to a very small group of very close and mostly very local friends who have been aware of some of the challenges going on in my life of late. I haven't been reading it that often, or even writing that stuff that often, but the more often I start to see people posting here the more I will read and reply.

I have G+ but admit I haven't checked it in MONTHS. For whatever reason it just didn't take off, and I actually find it clumsier to use the Facebook, somehow (probably lack of familiarity more than anything.)
Jul. 13th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm still on here, and most of the time like it much better. I'd rather hear more about something meaningful from a friend, most of the time. FB is good for the broad but shallow keeping in touch with many, many people- as long as I don't get too sucked in! Periodic breaks from fb have kept it useable for me.
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:09 am (UTC)
I am so glad you are still here.
Just makes me more determined to use this more. :)
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: I am so glad you are still here.
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