I have extremely mixed feelings about Facebook. I only joined Facebook when my law firm all decided it was the next big thing and had us all open a page. I even started a law blog for a while in conjunction with Facebook. I also realized the potential for maintaining contact with my family and some friends. But I never did get into the mode of posting my activities or sharing personal experiences. I do post all my blog posts and photos on Facebook because I realize that it is the only regular online access some people have. I also began to realize the genealogy and family history potential of Facebook. As it continued to expand and expand, it became a common area for communicating with distant relatives and sharing genealogical experiences.
I do find the Facebook concept of "Friends" disconcerting and I particularly dislike the concept of "Unfriending" someone. I think that harks back to the grade school playground when a petty argument ended with the statement, "I'm not going to be your friend anymore." Very childish and immature. Today on my Facebook stream, out of the past 50 or so posts, I find the following categories:
- Sharing genealogical finds
- Online gaming comments
- Advertisements for products
- Trivial observations about online chain letter type or virus photos or stories
- Social awareness from either a very liberal or conservative standpoint. My friends' posts seem to trend more towards conspiracy and ultra-conservatism. Some defy categorization such as products made by prisoners.
- Missing child advertisement
- Random family photos
- Calvin and Hobbes
- A moose accident
- Obituary and opportunity to share about someone I never heard of
- A online viral video
- Combat and Survival information
- and on and on and on
OK, so there was one token genealogy related post. But look what I had to wade through to see that one post. I would have to say, I would not have posted any of the items I saw in this brief review except the genealogy and perhaps the photos.
I realize that blogs have some of the same types of trivial content. But I can get a lot more focused with a blog. When I review my subscription list, which is about 250+ blogs right now, I do not get that kind of trivial stuff.
Will Facebook replace blogs? Only if all the people in the world sudden forget how to read and write. That is my best guess. Will I switch over from a blog to Facebook. I can see why some people have done so, but I have no interest in getting involved any more than I am presently with Facebook. I think there is a place for genealogy on Facebook, but I can't see what I write being a primary draw on that venue.