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I still don't get Facebook. 
2nd-Nov-2010 11:19 am
slanty, martha
So maybe I'm naive, but I had thought that when I clicked on "recent posts" on facebook I got, well, the recent posts of my friends. Apparently that's not true; I get those recent posts of friends that some mysterious facebook algorithm thinks are the ones I would like.

On LJ, if a friend posts something, I see it. And I have fine-grained control of who gets to see which of my posts. And I don't have the constant "we've changed the privacy policy, so things you thought were private are now public unless you go through a complex procedure to make them private again".

What's the advantage of facebook again? I use it occasionally, only for the reasons "it's where some of my friends post" and "it's where some of my friends will read my posts" (that is, if facebook deems my posts worthy of being shown to them. That is, I only use facebook because other people prefer it to LJ. But there must be some people who actually prefer facebook, and I can't figure out why.
2nd-Nov-2010 03:14 pm (UTC) - event management
& to maintain passive contact with people who aren't connected with me on LJ.
2nd-Nov-2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
For my part, for birthdays and contact information.

For others, I imagine:
- the ability to post lots of photos without messing about with img tags
- event management
- the apps
- because groups and organizations you care about put a lot of content on their Facebook pages and you have to fan them
2nd-Nov-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Basically, facebook sucks at everything it does — other than (perhaps) event management, but that's a recent thing — but for some reason it has the mindshare and EVERYONE uses it. Which is why I use it and why you use it.

You just have to accept that it sucks, that it's impossible to really follow what people say unless you go and look at each person's wall one by one (there is a way to adjust the magic 'recent posts' algorithm so it is MUCH closer to what you expect, but I don't remember what it is), that its photo sharing is weak (You can't get to the original sized picture ever), that its 'blogging' is crap… that it _sucks_, but that it won (for the moment at least) the mind-war.

I'd hope that Project Diaspora succeeds, but there's no chance it will, imho.
2nd-Nov-2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I have exactly the same problems with it, which is one of the reasons that I haven't signed up for an account for me yet.

I have an account for my daughter for the simple reason that I want people to be able to get their updates in whatever format works best for them.
2nd-Nov-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've never grokked the attraction of Facebook either.
2nd-Nov-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
The problem is no doubt that you're a nerd, and so you think that computer programs should behave in ways that you can understand and perhaps control. Whereas the majority of facebook's users think that the internet is a cocktail party, and well, at a REAL cocktail party you can't hear everything everyone says, even the ones you might care about, so it's modeling real world behavior pretty well for them...

Valerie's on FB and whenever I look at her screen it's so coated with differently placed images that I can't figure out where I'd start. I'm a nerd too. Oh well.
3rd-Nov-2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh, huh. I hate cocktail parties. This explains a lot.
3rd-Nov-2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Betamax users didn't get VHS either. Oh well.

At least it's not MySpace.
4th-Nov-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Is there no one who has a good thing to say about Facebook? I really like how I can catch up with extended family and friends in 10 minutes every night. If someone has something in-depth to say or post, they post a link to their livejournal (or other) post. Through Facebook I've been able to learn that a high school friend lived in Austin and was able to see him in person when I was in town; I learn about my distant relatives' new jobs, pregnancies, etc.; I see my creative friend's zazzle offerings. Call me self-centered, but pretty much all of my Facebook friends have followed my marathon training over the last 5 months because I post my current record mileage when I achieve it, and I like that.
Maybe you're expecting something different from what Facebook offers? Facebook is different from LJ. Facebook does do annoying things, but its utility outweighs its deficits for me. Also, if you bookmark your friends' status updates instead of the default home page (the news feed), you get a more straightforward chronological feed of updates.
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