Every other week, I get a call or an e-mail from my friends: “Dude, you never come online anymore!”
Uhm? I do come online. I use the crap out of Google Talk, Skype, Freenode, and Twitter.
But, it seems my problem is, I don’t *gasp* use Facebook.
A Little Background
This hasn’t been the first time I’ve been criticized for not using a popular communication portal. Back when MySpace was like uber-popular, everybody and their mother seemed to question why I never “checked my profile.”
I didn’t get MySpace. I thought it was ugly, horribly coded, and utterly pointless.
“But you can add friends and find people!”
I’m an introvert. I don’t like finding people. In fact, stay away from me! Okay, I don’t have it that bad, but I like finding people on my own terms.
MySpace to me is like a giant Geocities guestbook where people leave random out-of-context messages that are useless to about 99.999999% of anyone else out there.
Since I had my own domain and blog, I felt it redundant. I also didn’t like giving someone else control of all my images, content, and drunken rants.
From MySpace to Facebook
Facebook to me was like a breath of fresh air. It was well designed. Somewhat user friendly.
Then it seemed everyone from MySpace started coming over.
Yep, just received another application request: “Guess what I just said about you? Install XYZ app to find out.”
Who cares? Block. Delete. Uninstall. Just leave me the hell alone!
Then people started posting random messages on my Wall.
“Hey. Haven’t heard from you in a while. How are you?”
To be honest, the Wall is the one thing about Facebook I absolutely do not get. If you really want to get ahold of me, my phone number isn’t hard to find. And neither is my e-mail address.
Oh, and you’re going to send me a message using Facebook? Ick. Just yet another place to log in and attempt to reply in an interface that is a half-ass’d attempt to create a competent e-mail system.
In all honesty, I rarely log into Facebook anymore. I just don’t ‘get’ it.
Others do. All power to ’em. Perhaps it’s a great way to meet old friends and show off party photos. It’s just not for me.
Ewww, but you use Twitter
Yes, I use Twitter. And granted, sometimes the signal-to-noise ratio is quite high.
But Twitter is only as good as the people you follow, and I’m quite picky.
I will say one good thing about Twitter. It has helped me more than all the job sites I tried over the past year. It helped me land not one, but three different jobs (one of which I’m currently employed at full time).
It took me a while to get the usefulness Twitter. But I’ve been on Facebook longer, and I still don’t see the point.
Yes, I’ll admit I’m ignorant and clueless regarding Facebook
I turned up my privacy to the max. I stopped all application requests. I even disabled my magical Wall.
I’m not a Wall. I’m not an application. I’m not a stupid tag.
If you want me, come and get me.