Facebook isn’t all bad

In my last post I lamented the commercial turn that social sites like Facebook have taken.  I wanted to clarify a couple of points and then make an observation.

First, I sort of indicted all social media with my generalised comments.  What I was specifically referring to is people who use their personal accounts exclusively to bombard their friends and connections with work-related spam.

Want to fill the airwaves at Facebook with your latest white paper or YouTube ad?  Fine.  Create a commercial ID or group that relates to your work and have at it.  But by using your personal account you make it hard for folks like me who care about you to follow along.  I’m not going to work to filter your noise, I’m just going to bounce you.

Second, I was not referring to Twitter when I made my observation.  Twitter is unique.  You have to work really hard to screw up a friendship in 140 character chunks.

And lastly, the Facebook world might be developing a signal to noise ratio that approaches a late 70s CB radio, but I’ll put up with a lot of static to get the occasional connection.  In the past week I’ve heard from a couple of folks who were all but lost to me, and just seeing their words again made me smile wider than the grand canyon.

Has Facebook made you smile lately?  When?

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  1. #1 by Dave Baldwin - April 27th, 2009 at 05:42

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Love your insights.
    I have been posting updates on my Facebook and I have gotten a lot of feedback from friends and family. I didn’t realize people looked at my page that much. It was really encouraging.
    Once again I appreciate your posts. Have a great week!

  2. #2 by Becca - April 29th, 2009 at 17:20

    All kinds of things have made me smile on facebook! It’s all in how you use it. Most recently, a group of friends pulled together via facebook to participate in a fundraiser that meant a lot to a mutual friend of ours. But it can take over too much free time too, if you let it (can’t anything?)

  3. #3 by Kim Baumgartner - May 1st, 2009 at 08:53

    your lego letter made me smile on facebook

  4. #4 by shawn - June 15th, 2009 at 20:41

    cb radio. boy does that bring back the memories. holy cow.

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