A friend sent me a link to a post on Gizmodo written by someone named Sam Biddle. The title of the post is: “If You’re Not On Facebook,It’s Time to Get Over Yourself.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Everyone knows one of those self righteous Facebook abstainers. Social media luddites. Pushing aside modern society in favor of a purer lifestyle, devoid of pokes, tags, and feeds. Except really, these people aren’t defending anything except antisocial, extremely annoying behavior. And if you’re one of them—you need to stop.”
Sam goes on in this vein for several paragraphs. As one of those people that just can’t get the hang of Facebook, I hear this sentiment frequently. If you read the post, be sure to read some of the comments, too.
I’m guessing that most people reading this post are on Facebook. I mean, most people I know are on Facebook. So I’ll take this opportunity to take a little survey.
- If half of your fiends left Facebook and moved to a new service, would you follow them?
- If your ten most interesting friends left, would you follow them?
- If everybody EXCEPT your ten most interesting friends left, would you stay with them on Facebook?
- If ALL of your friends left for a competing social space, would you go too?
Most people I know who are hard-core Facebook’ers might have trouble answering these questions because they can’t imagine a future without Facebook.
But if it really is about engaging with your friends, the platform would be secondary, right?
Please don’t give me a lecture. You won’t be able to top Mr. Biddle. But you can answer those 4 questions.