When I joined Facebook I liked the conversational feel to it. I stopped blogging because I figured that the world wanted life in little blips and beeps and blogging, though I missed it, was old hat. Times are a changing. Get over it, right? So, I did; even though I felt like Facebook ate a little piece of my world. When Facebook made changes and I had to scramble to set new privacy settings I grumbled, but I did it. I adjusted, adapted and got on with my life.
With Facebook's new design there have been a lot of complaints. I admit to being one of the most vocal among them. I was called a whiner and told to get over it. Times change, things change, get used to it.
They were partly right. The cyber world evolves. I realize that. But, it doesn't mean that I have to like and accept the new changes. I read several articles about the new direction that Facebook was heading and I made sure to read articles that were negative and positive towards the change.
and so many more. I wanted to be sure I was getting equal and balanced information.
For me there have been good and bad features. Facebook has allowed me to get in touch with people that I have not heard from in years. I am grateful for this. I would not have been able to reconnect with extended family, or found friends from school who I truly missed. However, on the other hand, it has made my friendships with other people more surface and in some cases almost non-existent. I miss them.
Due to my health situation I need the internet for contact to the outside world. However, with Facebook's new Timeline feature coming in, as nifty as it may sound to some people, I just don't want it. I don't want my life spread out on the internet. I find the thought of it unbelievably sad. To have my whole life reduces to a slick interface and open to research by all? To be nothing more than some streams of data? I miss voices, faces, emails and quick phone calls. I miss real connection and I miss being the one to choose the who, when and where.
I am going to leave Facebook in part. (I'll still pop in now and again to check notifications and media). Ironically, I am choosing a new social media platform. Google+. I am doing this because it is simpler, more straight forward, not as cluttered and I already know the demons Google espouses and how to navigate them. I will check in to Facebook from time to time, but if you want to absolutely for sure contact me quickly then call me, text me, email me, or head on over to Google+.
I want human connection again. I don't want to feel as if my life is out there for Zuckerberg to control, sell, and spread all over the place. I am going to go back to the old fashioned way of things. Emails, blogging, phone calls and texts. Yes, I'm a dinosaur. Get over it.