I have to admit I’ve dumped numerous hours into facebooking the past couple of weeks. Brent invited me to join right before I went to Texas, and I resisted for a few days, but thought I’d try it out. And now I am somewhat hooked. I have connected with old elementary school friends, seen pictures of people I haven’t thought about since college, and best of all, now have a new news feed: What is happening in the world of people I actually know.
Today’s news includes:
- One of my friends is tripping in Amsterdam.
- Cati is busy cataloguing her favorite movies, of which I share many (eg. Blade Runner, Brazil, Being John Malkovich, Spirited Away, and Dead Man).
- I’m seeing photos of another friend’s wedding preparations back in Sweden.
- A climbing buddy from MIT is looking for a roommate starting in August.
Here are reasons I like facebook:
- It’s clean. (Does myspace ever feel like an alley next to a city high school to you?) Ads are well-contained, and the pages are calm (no audio/animations blaring). And every page fits well in my browser window.
- There are so many tools, from both facebook and third party folks, that let you drop in “Applications” for all sorts of things, like video reviews, last.fm hooks, adding cute interactive pets, and showing the world everywhere you’ve visited (my previous attempt at that here). Adding an application usually takes one click, and then you just drag-and-drop into your profile. Very slick!
- Privacy: You can control who sees your information as carefully as I would ever want, allowing you to restrict access to each component of your profile (your photos, friends, notifications, etc.) separately.
- You can give someone a jock strap if you want to. Or a PB & J.