Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gut reaction to Facebook Timeline

A friend just let me log on to her Facebook, so I could check out folks with Timeline enabled. Here was my gut reaction to her, after noting that it was indeed more visually appealing than Facebook had ever looked before:

I think that they're biting off more than we as users want to chew. It's too much; it's overwhelming; and seems too complicated to manage. Everything I hate about FB amplified, but prettier.

Here's how social media use breaks down for me:
Pinterest and Instagram: Look at pretty things from people I like
Twitter: Make small talk with friends and see what's hot and trending
Blogs and Google+: Have substantive conversations of my choice with people of my choice
StumbleUpon, Delicious: Share things I like

With the latter function also being part of why people use Pinterest, blogs and Google+.

Facebook is now, what? Hard to follow and still hard to connect dots. But now about EVERYTHING you can possibly imagine. I run away just looking at it :)

I don't know...sometimes more is less. That's my gut reaction.

And her response?

That’s exactly the problem with Facebook. Some of us can look at it and see a world of opportunity but others… just see chaos – pretty, pretty chaos, lol.

I know statistically almost every online adult is touching Facebook at least once a week. more than any other social media service. Next year when BlogHer does its annual study I want to delve into love and hate, though. I know more people who use FB yet seem to hate it. That would be me. Can't deny I'm there probably at least once a day. But almost under duress.

The question is whether there will ever be an *anti*-tipping point for Facebook?

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Comments:
" Some of us can look at it and see a world of opportunity but others… just see chaos – pretty, pretty chaos, lol. ".... CLASSIC LOL...and as you said earlier in the post " Everything I hate about FB amplified, but prettier." lol... Too funny. You made some great points aside from the humor though.. Total Chaos. Thanks for the read
 
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