Monthly Archives: February 2008

Good old fashioned email centric community

I Just caught an article on techcrunch. It was titled Facebook Fatigue? Visitors Level Off In the U.S.The article spoke of a coolling down of visitor traffic on facebook . Facebook, the internets big social phenomenon of 2006-2007 whose founders keep holding out from selling their internet property pending higher and higher evaluations, it seems is in trouble.It turns out Facebook is no exception to the fall in traffic once a social networking site gets too popular . As has been observed in the internet social networking ecosystem,once a website becomes mainstream and common place it either becomes a victim of its own success and fades away into nothingness or becomes so much a part of your everyday existence that its no longer exciting but very usefull. All of this begs the question, is facebook useful. Before you read any further.  I must confess I hated facebook from the get go.
 Yes! I do have a functioning presence on the medium and I do politely accept friend requests. But from the very start I found Facebook annoying, confusing and downright useless. Nothing made me want to jump onto the naysayer bandwagon more than playing a game of 20 questions every time  I visited the site. I will not repeat myself , and get right back to answering the question. Did I ever find facebook useful. Well maybe! but it definitely wasn’t worth the pain of feeling that If I click the wrong option box ..all my information gets sold to an add selling bot.  I always preferred and still prefer the “privacy” of email or the “convenience” of sharing a link to my picasa album ..over the 20 question and click-a-box-too-many  game that every facebook app made me go through everytime I wanted to be social.

Visiting  facebook convinced me that these games are only played by people who are used to jostling with crowds at the local club ( akin to  answering all those questions, responding to pokes and writings on my wall) or having their clique that they keep in touch with constantly. Fortunately for me ( my point of view) I never needed that level of interaction and so facebook was never for me, and so for me it was useless!Facebook made me realize how warm a personal email can be over a writing on someones wall.  Thank you facebook for making me realize how valuable and indeed immensely social the email centric communities I participate in are. I have gotten more value from checking and respondint to my email since I realized this fact.  Facebook made me love my gmail account and yes .

In case you have feelings about this..do write on my facebook wall..because chances are I will never read it

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