After quitting facebook last week, Chicago writer Mason Johnson explains:
My friends list is nearly unrecognizable. Which also makes me paranoid. For tumblr, I specifically want to follow people I don’t really know that well so I can read and see things that might be unfamiliar. For facebook, I want to post stupid comments on pictures of my friends, and have my friends post stupid comments on mine. I don’t want someone I don’t really know to post comments on pictures of me and my girlfriend with our family though. I like keeping my personal life personal.
I think I have to relearn how to use facebook. I don’t want to create two accounts, one for “real” friends and one to promote/take in writing and events—I’m too lazy. I think I’ll eventually come back, but I just won’t involve my personal life in the account at all.
I’m very tired today. (“why are you quitting facebook?“)
Johnson’s experience summarizes the danger Planet Money worried about in their recent episode on FB: when people begin using two separate accounts, or just making an account for marketing only, they’ve lost.
A buddy of mine went to a seminar one summer to consider a job as a door-to-door knife salesman. He said the whole pitch about how to sell knives was essentially “get your friends and family to buy them.” Facebook makes us all door-to-door knife salesmen.