I love Facebook, I really do. It's such a fantastic way of keeping up with friends and family old and new. I first joined mainly to keep up with a group of friends who had moved from a forum that I frequented daily. That was back in 2009 and I'm still friends with many of them today.
I use Facebook regularly, updating my status with practically everything and anything. I have spent hours playing Facebook games (Something I rarely have time for these days) and taken part in Facebook parties and events as well as spending the evening sharing music with friends.
My friends list is fairly compact, I have my family, some of whom I've not seen for years, I have friends from work, friends from school (jeez that was a long time ago!) friends from forums, a few blogger friends and even my ex husband! All the people on my facebook page I've known for a long time and 90% of them I've met in real life.
Facebook is where I share my joys and woes, where I post my photos and record my days out. It's where I go if I'm looking for advice or have a questions I want answered. It's also where I check what's going on in my friends life. It's all about the sharing and keeping in touch. And Yes, I have been on Facebook while a little drunk!
However, there is one thing I realise about Facebook....it's not my entire life. If someone dissapears off my friends list I wonder why then move on. If someone upsets me with their posts I block them and move on. If someone ignores me or doesn't click like on my photo's or status update, I don't fret. It's only Facebook after all. It's not going to affect my life.
What never fails to surprise me is the playground attitude prevelant on Facebook. Not amongst my friends, but dare to venture off into a group or community and that's where the trouble is. People not only get nasty as they hide behind their computer screen but you also get those that constantly attention seek and everything has to revolve around them, throwing a hissy fit at every opportunity. This is why I don't have those people on my friends list.
Then there is the washing line. Why do people air their dirty washing on Facebook? You get everything from infidelity to stealing, all sorts of accusations and outings. Everyone needs to grumble sometimes and that's fine. But if it's personal then keep it so, maybe talk to people in real life rather than on Facebook if you need. Or have a secret group of trusted friends to moan to. Don't put it out their for all and sundry to see, trust me, you don't really want every one knowing your business.
One more gripe...if you are going to write a status then write a status. Ok, a teaser is fine....'guess where I'm going?' but don't forget to come back and say where..too many people just leave it at that and never say anything again. I find it infuriating and I know I'm not the only one, it's got a name...vaguebooking!
So Facebook is perfect for those who suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and keeping in touch, playing games, arranging meetings and lots of other things. Facebook, however, is simply Facebook, it's not the be all and end all. Try logging off for a few days and you'll see, there is life after Facebook.
So, I'm opening up the bag here, what bugs you on Facebook?
Are you a Facebook liker or hater?
What do you use Facebook for?
oh, and post about Facebook wouldn't be complete without a link to my Facebook Blog Page would it, come and find Raisiebay and say hi!
Also, I have a page documenting my Star's health and journey if you are interested.