Have you guys seen the new Facebook? Check it out here if you haven’t: http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline
With the timeline and all the apps you can literally record everything you have ever done and ever will do.
Is this a good thing?
I think it is. I keep a journal and enjoy logging what I am doing everyday, Facebook almost does a better job than I do. I know a lot of people don’t like Facebook because they think it is dumb to post what you are doing all the time. I think this is a step towards shared consciousness. It is definitely artificial but these features are the same things that shared consciousness would bring all of us.
I would love to know what you guys think about how new social networking is changing our life experience.
I hate facebook because I grew up in a small, close-minded town where I was routinely made to feel awkward or uncomfortable because I had unusual interests.
I absolutely loathe facebook when it facilitates the sort of nosiness that goes along with policing actions and thoughts.
Perhaps my skin isn’t thick enough for the transparency you seem to like.
I think this timeline thing is sorta hit or miss. Saw a girl who had it as her profile and it was off putting.
I don’t feel a need to tell my personal story to everyone who visits my page of facebook so timeline doesn’t really appeal to me.
@James, disagree. There’s a difference between having your whole biography and life story up for everyone’s grabs and having a communication outlet that you can personalize
I feel like this takes the mystery out of getting to know people. sigh.
Facebook is not to tell your personal story to everyone who visits your page unless you want it to be. Facebook is a social tool you decide how to use. The timeline thing is just another way to use it if you so choose. As long as the user gets to decide how to utilize facebook adding new things like timeline is not a bad thing. I just worry about what happens to the info after you post stuff. I often think all facebook is, is one giant collector of info.
and how would one decide to use facebook? regardless of how you decide to use it, there is some element of personal information that you express.
also, “personal story” doesn’t have to mean “having your whole biography and life story up for everyone’s grabs” neither does timeline. i could still choose to put whatever i want on timeline.
What do you all use facebook for? are you telling me you put no personal information in at all? it’s just not possible. even if you post something that isn’t about you, it still gives insight to what you are interested in, or what is important to you. unless you post meaningless, nonsense all the time, in which case, you shouldn’t have a facebook.
Facebook is just a means to connect with people. You can use it to spread word of a business you are starting, find people to help support your fundraiser, invite people to upcoming events that dont get tons of advertising, find old friends, keep in touch with distant friends. You also get to decide your privacy settings. All they need to do is add forums and you would be on there doing exactly what your doing here. No?
Sorry, I wasn’t trying to be negative earlier. I’ve seen a lot of people be really happy with the connectivity level they get with facebook; I just don’t really do it.
I also feel like it’s bad to make such a timeline of yourself… it attaches too much weight to who you were yesterday.
I have to ask for anyone who dislikes Facebook, do you keep a journal?
I use Facebook as mainly a soapbox. I really think it has become a tool to spread knowledge, or at least information. I think timeline is pretty cool because I enjoy transparency. I am not really sure why though now that I think about it. I am going to reflect on that for a bit.
Oddly, I agree with all the opinions here in a way. I hate Facebook for the self promoters, superficial connection makers, and haters… But at the same time, I love it because its a place I can literally look back at old memories, comments, and stories from my life. I think for PERSONAL reasons, this timeline thing is great. I would like to have it for myself, privately, just not publicly.
In addition, in my lifes travels I have met a lot of people that I genuinely connected with. Five years ago, I went to Spain, met a lot of people, and never heard from them again. Last year, I went to Europe, met a lot of people, and have since kept in contact on Facebook. I now live in Korea and some of those very people I met during those travels have since become great friends… If it weren’t for Facebook as an intermediary, it is sufficient to say those connections would have otherwise died.
There is definitely a happy medium here. I just don’t quite know what it is. But with the prosumer type market we have today, it is likely that we will sort of organically find that medium with time.
I see facebook as a tool to create an image for others to few and connect to. People obviously misuse it and people obviously have it but don’it use it. Those who mis-use it, generally show off their life, those that have it but don’t use it could easily do the same by purchasing fancy trucks and hanging out in mall parking lots. There is no right or wrong way to use facebook, it’s a site for ‘sharing’ wether it be ideas, events, or just your possessions. There is 70% ego there if you want to admit it or not. It’s a weird concept I fully agree but I’m on it and don’t fully know why.