A good piece by Paul Mason, BBC correspondent, who I have always liked. In his article he asks which service he should leave first – Twitter or Facebook. And yes, I think he’s being serious.
Let’s see: I left Twitter 14 months ago and have no regrets (it was like giving up smoking, you feel like you’re missing out at first but over time, you realise that you’re really not). Facebook is different. I value the fact that I have some old/long-lost friends on there who I would have no means of contacting without it. So I guess I see it as a ‘Friends Reunited v2.’ type thing. But do not even begin to get me started on what I don’t like about FB (which is why I am so, so rarely on it). And interestingly – those ‘long lost’ friend types, that I value on it, are not the ones that drive me up the wall and down again by the frequency and content of what they’re FB’ing.
Like so many things in life – when new these services had a novelty factor, an early adopter coolness and that sense of being at the vanguard. After a while, though, they… degenerate.
Bizarrely, though, blogging has not lost its appeal the way those other services have. Ironic as my ‘readership’ is a fraction of what it was a few year ago. And yet – that doesn’t really bother me. I write these little anecdotes and reflections in lieu of keeping a diary. It’s not about trying to get a reaction / endorsement / praise / or to feed my ego.
Anyway, I’m digressing. Paul Mason’s piece is worth a read.
And looking through my Tumblr account this evening, the day after I wrote the above post, this apt image catches my eye!