Friday, January 16, 2009

Facebook: like e-mail and antiperspirant

There's a great article on Slate about those that have yet to join Facebook. I admit I was one of them about a year or so ago. At first I thought it was creepy, too complicated, and too time consuming. I had the same reasoning that many in this article have. Recently, I've had many conversations about privacy, business applications, how much is too much, "friend" dilemmas, and seen photos that I'm sure have scarred me for life. (TMI!)

So, why did I change my mind? I remember seeing our CEO on Facebook and thinking that if he's on Facebook, then it must be ok. ;-) And now I'm one of millions that make Facebook as much a part of my life as a daily cup of coffee. I am still learning the ins and outs of this amazingly powerful application. I feel bad for my poor little MySpace page that has been tossed aside and forgotten about.

For those of you that have yet to jump on the bandwagon, I enjoyed some of this author's analogies...
The site has crossed a threshold—it is now so widely trafficked that it's fast becoming a routine aide to social interaction, like e-mail and antiperspirant. It's only the most recent of many new technologies that have crossed over this stage. For a long while from about the late '80s to the late-middle '90s, Wall Street to Jerry Maguire-carrying a mobile phone seemed like a haughty affectation. But as more people got phones, they became more useful for everyone—and then one day enough people had cell phones that everyone began to assume that you did, too. Your friends stopped prearranging where they would meet up on Saturday night because it was assumed that everyone would call from wherever they were to find out what was going on. From that moment on, it became an affectation not to carry a mobile phone; they'd grown so deeply entwined with modern life that the only reason to be without one was to make a statement by abstaining. Facebook is now at that same point—whether or not you intend it, you're saying something by staying away.

Read the full article from Farhad Manjoo here.

1 comment:

Salt said...

Blah, blah, blah.