More and more I hear this: “I hate Facebook.”
I can’t even tell you how many times this month alone my friends and professional contacts have told me they wish Facebook would go away. Some tell me they are thinking of closing their accounts.
It’s a love hate situation for me.
I do enjoy seeing what my friends and colleagues are up to and I do like that one topic can create a conversation thread. I like being able to share information. I love being able to interact with supporters who have become acquaintances/friends. I love that some of my family from around the country are on Facebook so we can easily keep in touch. I like that it’s a free service.
However, the constant updates drive me nuts. I hate that you have to go into your privacy settings and update your preferences over and over. I hate that you can no longer turn off the chat for good. You have to close it every time you log in. I hate the game requests. I dislike the 5,000 friend limit which forces you to create a fan page (which means you now have to operate two pages), I don’t really like the new bubble faces on my phone when people send me a private message, I hate all the junk on the left column. I don’t like the racy pictures and political rants. Sometimes I feel like I know “too much” about someone’s personal life from their posts.
I don’t know. If Facebook went away, would we miss it? Probably. A few of my friends have signed off permanently and they say they do NOT miss it. It depends what you use it for, I think.
It does cause issues.
People can find you, look at your posts and pictures… someone that you may not want prying into your life. I know, change the privacy settings, you say! Well, it’s not that easy. The updates changes your settings so often that it’s hard to keep up!! Sometimes you don’t even realize it.
I’ve heard some people say they have “drop friend” guilt. They want to drop someone because their posts annoy them or they are too frequent, but they feel guilty. Will they know? Can they tell? Will they be mad at me? It does become quite the dilemma!
Oh and I’m not really a fan of the fact that every move you make shows up in the “feed.” This posed a problem for my close friend. She has a disease and was trying to find more information about it. She found a few groups on Facebook. Well, little did she know if she posted a question or interacted with the group, it would show up in the feed for all Facebook friends to see.
How do you turn it off? You don’t. Ugh.
It’s a great tool, don’t get me wrong. It’s extremely helpful in my professional life. It is also, like I said, a nice way to keep connected with family and friends. I love seeing my cousin post pictures of her family and my Uncle. I find it useful to learn about struggles too. I was able to keep in touch with all my New Jersey family during the bad storms and get updates on how everyone was doing. Things like that.
For professional reasons, it’s a must.
I need it. Some don’t.
Do you LOVE or HATE? Do you know anyone who dropped it all together?