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Sunday, July 22, 2012
FACEBOOK is so overrated. Shoot me.
But why do I stay online 24/7? Okay, that’s impossible as I probably need a couple or so hours answering nature’s calls and demands plus a day or two to catch up on what’s left of my social life. But then again I may have this pathetic social life that revolves only around Facebook (and so is yours probably, yes you).
Point is, Facebook is king in terms of the race for user attention. Visit your Google stats and you’ll see the social network site’s utilization hiking through the years. And it’s inevitable. Zuckerberg’s a mad brainiac who knows the right points to tickle. The site’s a portal for all other sites—a microcosm of all the channels pertinent for social interactions.
You don’t just stalk your crush or be updated with other people’s daily humdrum on Facebook. It’s where you can be in the know all the time. All sorts of headlines—whether personal, political, social, cultural, or Facebookal are posted, shared and liked every second as evidenced by your ticker meters at the side of your pages. It snows in Baguio and you get to know it before the first snowflake drops along Session. Props to Facebook!
It’s where you can be anyone, you can claim to be Rambo with his 10-packs or the modern day Marilyn Monroe with your provocative poses and no one would question your identity. It’s an avenue for expression and liberation. You could be the drama queen with youremo statuses (guilty), the rant-er (guilty), the cam whore and vain (guilty again), the cyber-bully (only when necessary), or just the liker or lurker. You could be everyone and anyone and there’s a hundred percent chance you get to irk other users with your photoshopped face being permanent in their newsfeeds but they’re more or less helpless to stop you because it’s what Facebook is all about.
If you ask me how I utilize the site, well, where do I start? In my line of work right now, it’s where I get loads of ideas for creative outputs. Not so original eh? But give me credit for knowing what news feed to focus on at least (haha! or lol as you would put it in Facebook). The site’s usually banned in most workplaces as it has the tendency to get you addicted (yes, it’s like a self-induced drug, once you log in, you can never get out). I feel guilty making it as one of the bookmarked sites in my workbook but I can vehemently justify that there’s a reason for this. Those outlandish sentiments, worth lol-ing photos, brazen statements among other genius and nonsensical stuff posted provoke the mind to come up with other thoughts to capitalize and work on. On a more personal level, I’m conveniently updated with my family’s life back home and for this I’m really thankful. It’s where I can proudly post pictures of my dogs in all angles, get reminded on who’s celebrating his or her birthday, and the list goes.And yes, I also stalk my fiancé on Facebook. And vice versa.
Facebook will always be Facebook. Anything goes but as users we should be responsible ones. It’s a social networking site that gives us an outlet for more visual, verbal, written and digital interaction with other people and this should not be misused. We delineate the boundaries between public and private, self-expression and abuse, appropriate and censorable. You were smart enough to open an account, I’m sure you’re wiser to know the ABC’s and do’s and don’ts.
And in case you’re wondering, no, Facebook’s CEO is not paying me to write this for added promotion (not that the site needs any anyway). I still think Facebook is so overrated. But yes I’m among the nearing-billion active users who will keep on utilizing it for reasons unbeknownst to me till now.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 23, 2012.