Asi joined the group “If this group Reaches 150,000 members I will name my son Batman”
Note: this is not a smug rant on facebook. I’m all there, collecting friends, poking people, and joining different groups like there’s no tomorrow. So it’s more of a reflecting-out-loud:
we now witness with facebook what can only be described as a massive herd moving in by their millions and i can’t help but being rather skeptic.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for connectivity, ambient intimacy and phatic communications etc. but I honestly believe that until the moment social networking applications will be of a more meaningful value, we will all be hoping from one internet darling to the other. (seems like the struggle just begun?)
it’s alright to stay in touch with your friends, join some incredibly stupid communities and generally avin’ a laugh, but although I believe that something meaningful will eventually come out of this, I currently can’t see the sustainability in it.
take plannersphere as a case in point. first we had plannersphere wiki, then we all moved to plannersphere on ning, and now we all getting on plannersphere on facebook. whats the point in all that? what are we doing there? do we really need these multiple platforms?
personally, the great, valuable, interesting stuff comes from our personal blogs – thats the only social media that feels for me like it’s here to stay. i might be naive or idealistic or both but I’m still looking for social media that has value beyond the buzz.
I don’t mean that facebook should be all about spreading democracy (in a subtler way that mr. bush does…). what i’m looking for is more like the ways in which the music communities on myspace changed the world of music, or the ways in which blogs have changed the media, politics and education.
facebook hype and enthusiasm feels to me like a passing fad, that after a while the media and people’s interest will wane and we’ll all be re-connecting in the next hyperbole.
anyway, i hope i’m wrong and in the meantime, I’m joining the group: “Don’t tell my mum I’m in advertising – she thinks I play piano in a brothel”