is it just me?... i am getting sick of facebook oppression
there are so many facebook evangelists out there, by which i mean people keen to convert me to the delights of facebook (for those that don't know the social networking software of choice of the middle class). i am resisting their charms but last night whilst on ichat i got an automatic message via facebook from someone who shall remain nameless inviting me to an event they were speaking at and to join facebook (it was actually in the US so fat chance i'd make it!). this was the last straw. i can no longer keep silent. i do not need facebook in my life. stop inviting me to be your friends and to your facebook diary events. i have not chosen to receive this info so as far as i am concerned it's spam!!!!!!!
i blog, and have a network of friends around the world online through that and i follow conversation through a newsreader and feeds and occasionally technorati (though i honestly don't have time for that either). i use flickr and have a network online through that of people interested in photography. i have a myspace page (well two). to be honest i never look at that other than answering friend requests - i joined because i make music and felt like i ought to. seems like every musician is out there. (i actually think myspace is a mess but that's another story). i am also in a network or five of e-mail groups/password protected spaces - youthwork multimedia, alternative/emerging, IASYM, UK alt/emerging leaders/groups, and network of entrepreneurial talent (NET). managing information often feels like holding back the tide so i don't want to open up another gateway to the sea - e-mail alone is always on the edge of being out of control in my life. so sorry everyone - i will not be joining facebook any time soon. you can of course look forward to the day when i eat my words if that day comes and remind me of my futile resistance. (i confess my heart sank when i saw that even andrew jones (my digital mentor who got me blogging, using ecto, newsreaders, and then shifting to typepad) was evangelising the masses about facebook.)
i have nothing against it or those that love it. if it works for you... great. but i am happy with my old fashioned blog world. ok i am now bracing myself for a reaction. hit me with it!... or discuss it amongst yourselves on facebook ;-) - of course i have been suspicous that blog readers are leaving less comments now because they are all so busy on facebook but now i am sounding paranoid!