I've just about had it with Facebook.
Facebook is full of-single sentence fluff, and the site feels like it is actively working against any sort of deeper connection or sharing than single syllable grunts of "Like!".
LiveJournal used to be a great place to connect and share online. But lately LiveJournal is a ghost town that is desperately trying to become just another Facebook wannabe. The latest update from LiveJournal encourages me to "Check out Farm of Happiness and grow magical trees, tend your quirky pets, plant exotic flowers, and use your charm to deter thieves."
No. Please, no. Take your Farm-anything away and never ever ever come back. *ugh*
Where oh where is the an internet communications platform that fills the communications / community niche that LiveJournal used to fill???
Things I hate about Facebook #1: There is no way to keep your replies to other people's posts from showing up on your wall. When I reply to people, I do not want to make that conversation part of my public front-page. But in Facebooks's universe of non-privacy, there is not even an option to opt out of broadcasting every comment you make to the world.
Things I hate about Facebook #2:There is no way to edit your posts, even if all you want to do is fix a typo. I mean, wtf!?! Why on earth does FaceBook keep me from editing my own posts on my own wall!?!? It is ridiculous that I am forced to choose between deleting a post, or leaving an mxided up sentence posted for all eternity.
Things I hate about Facebook #3: Speaking of all eternity, how on earth am I supposed to link back to interesting old posts? Facebook treats all content as disposable, not worth saving or linking to. If it is so disposable, why should I waste my time looking at it? I want to be able to easily browse back into my own past, and into the past of my friends. If there is something interesting from a week, a month, or a year back - I should be able to comment on it and link to it.
Things I hate about Facebook #4: Single threaded reply streams make it way too easy to hijack a conversation, and way too hard to chime in 'late' on a thread that is interesting. Facebook - is threaded replies too much to ask for!?!?!?
Things I hate about Facebook #5: Facebook limits status updates to 420 characters, but it doesn't give you a count of how much you have written until after you try to post it. Only then does it tell you that you have gone over. *grrrr* It is MY wall, I should be able to post whatever the hell I want on it.
I could probably go on and on.
But LiveJournal really isn't much better. Particularly since the traffic here has dropped so much over the past few years.
Thinking about the people whom I most want to /really/ keep in deeper touch with, it dawns on me that perhaps the best technique may just be the oldest - actually writing to them directly. One-on-one direct emails sharing what is up with me, and asking what is really up with them.
I might just have to try that. There are a lot of people that I miss, and Facebook is a poor substitute for real communications....