09 August, 2011

The Great FB Conundrum

So, I left Facebook. Not a big deal. I didn't need it, I didn't think. For certain, I didn't need to spend time there. I had real, flesh-and-blood friends and could best use the time being productive elsewhere. But then, those opportunities kept cropping up... places I formerly visited as blogs now only existed on Facebook. My children would direct me to a FB site for pictures or a business listing that I could no longer access without an account. My daughter-in-law recommended that I join Pinterest. She was very enthusiastic about this site with it's virtual bulletin boards for idea-sharing and one-click website returns (pins) that are better than "bookmarks", (this method uses visual cues). Of course, now that my interest was piqued for Pinterest I learned that I needed... what else... a Facebook account! Oh. And so, now you know. I'll be keeping a low profile... real low.

Life is Good!

15 comments:

Janet O. said...

I was on Facebook for about 24 hours. I was so frustrated by having all these friend requests pop up--I didn't want to deal with it. I closed my account the next day. I'm such a wimp. It is frustrating when I can't access something someone refers me to, but I keep muddling along without it. I will be interested to know how this Pinterest works out. I've just recently become aware of it.

leigh anna said...

isn't pinterest the best!!!:)
(and facebook isn't that bad either...)

Ancestor Collector said...

Here's my thoughts: I love FB because I don't want to be left behind. Social media is part of life now. I don't want to become one of those old people who have no clue about what's going on, what's new, what's *hip* (okay, that expression does date me!). I love seeing my kids' and friends' photos and being a part of their lives. I wouldn't otherwise see their latest adventures, like Brent and Ali's sea kayaking adventure this past weekend. I'm much more selective about who I "friend" now and I've trimmed my friends list down to only "real friends" who I care about and who care about me (shhh....I eliminated a lot of old high school people because honestly, they're really just strangers!). I'm fully entrenched in FB, but now I keep hearing about Google+.... ;-)

I had a peek at Pinterest yesterday.....I think I may need a tutorial because I'm definitely not understanding it right now. Time to talk to one of my three consultants, aka, my kids. ;-)

Pat said...

I like FB myself -- it helps keep me in touch with people I like a lot, and it allows me to see the pictures my kids post of their kids. I can also access it from my "smart phone", so I can keep in touch during breaks at work during the day. The bottom line, though, is that you will do whatever feels right for you. Gotta check out Pintarest. I keep seeing that name pop up more and more.

Shakerwood said...

I have held off of joining Facebook. Did I REALLY need another reason to hang out on the computer when I should be doing other things. Blogging is seductive enough to keep me on here for hours.

Then my DD#1 showed my Pinterest. I'm still holding off. How long before I cave under peer pressure?! Didn't I have this problem before in my teens? And I thought it was over! Aaaaggghh

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

What Ancestor Collector said.

Bobbi said...

I've learned that by using the "hide" feature your news feed does not have to be overrun with Mafia, Farmville, Daily Fortunes and all that junk. You can also hide certain people - if you don't want to hurt their feelings by de-friending them you can just "hide" all their messages. So you can manage FB down to just things you might be interested in, from people you really care for.

You get to the "hide" by running your cursor to the upper right corner of the newsfeed message you want to act on - click the little X that magically appears and a little drop down menu opens where you can select the level of "hiding" you want to use.

You get so many friend requests at the start but it quickly drops off as you get settled in. And if you ignore or decline one, FB doesn't permit that person to try again so you are not pestered by repetitive requests.

Take a little time to learn some of the tricks - know any teenagers? - and your FB experience can be nothing but positive and fun. It only has to be as much as you want it to be since you really can be in control.

Bobbi, (real life) friend of Nancy & Pat

Janet said...

I love Pinterest! I'm on FB but really don't do much there. Just check it once in awhile to see what's going on. Especially nice for weather from the local tv channels. But it can easily get too time consuming and I have to remind myself of that occasionally. Now I am addicted to Pinterest - so fair warning! But it is more useful for keeping track of recipes, gift ideas, tutorials and design ideas. Things that actually serve some purpose. Good luck! And hope to find you there one day!

Carolyn said...

I myself do not like facebook. I left it about 6 months ago. I would have to think long and hard to join FB again to use Pinterest.
I wish not everything is connected to Facebook.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am a blogger. And I use the internet, USPS, several e-mail accounts, Google Reader, and, once in a while, the telephone.

Facebook is cool and seductive and omnipresent -- but I do not have an account nor do I plan to. Just my way of keeping my focus in the real world so that I don't become any more addicted to the computer than I already am. [And yes, I will likely get left behind on some things ... but for now, that's okay. I can always change my mind later.]

Nane said...

I totally agree with Bobbi, if you can hide all the silly game apps and just see the pics and status updates its a good way to keep up with family and friends. I also am in charge of a Facebook page for work, its a good way to give out insurance tips without being too "sales driven". I really don't care what you ate for dinner thoughh ;) I will check out pinterest!

Barbara said...

I have a FB account, but only so I can see other pages, especially my son. Were it not for that I wouldn't have any idea what's going on in his life. But my account is essentially inactive. I ignore all friend requests. If it's from a real friend, I write an email and tell them it's inactive. It seems to me that social media is getting out of hand. It seems as if there's something new every week. I don't want to spend that much time on the computer. And Pinterest? Sorry. I just don't get it. When it comes to social media, I think I'm getting old and cranky. It's okay with me if I get left behind. You can find me working in my garden or sewing.

LizA. said...

Facebook--love/hate it. I have to admit, it is a GREAT way to keep up with what the nieces & nephews are doing. A couple friends do use it to post some interesting links and of course, Pinterest. I definitely make good use of the hide feature.

Edith said...

I really like FB for keeping in touch with folks, especially some very dear friends that are so far away and I hardly ever see. But I can see their pictures and see what they are up to. You can "hide" people like they said plus you can block folks that you do not want any contact with at all ever.

Tanya said...

I haven't succumbed to Facebook yet. And then there was Twitter which I don't understand either. And the past few days I keep getting mails about Linkedn. I don't want to know! I spend WAY too much time on this computer anyway!