I like Facebook. I admit it. I know the cool kids have moved on to Instansap or Tweetgram or whatever the f*ck.
But I like Facebook for these reasons:
1.) I like keeping up with actual friends and family. People have scattered to all parts of the globe. Facebook helps us stay in touch.
2.) I like seeing things from ALL my connections on Facebook. Let’s face it: not all our Facebook “friends” are ACTUAL friends. But, I’d like to think they could be. I never jumped on the “collect as many Facebook friends as possible” bandwagon, so I’m pretty sure that I would be happy to have a beer with every single person with whom I am connected on Facebook. Whether or not they feel the same way, I do not know.
3.) All these smart people provide me with a “curated” news feed of interesting and entertaining stuff. And it’s not just stuff that interests me. It exposes me to things that I otherwise might not have known about, SHOULD be interested in and about which I might want to learn more.
4.) It’s an outlet. Way back when, I was a radio talk show host. I got to spend four hours every day talking about whatever it was that interested me. I liked sharing that with people and I liked making them laugh. Facebook provides an outlet to do the same. Hopefully, most of my posts are entertaining and/or informative.
5.) It's useful for business. It keeps me connected with journalists and business associates, but in an informal setting where we get to be real people instead of business drones trying to accomplish some task.
6.) It’s easy to forgive or ignore the annoying stuff. Sure – people (including me) post the self-indulgent stuff like “Look how cool I was 20 years ago!” and “Look at me – I’m sitting next to Mariah Carey in First Class!” but that’s OK. What harm does it do, really? And if I am that bugged, I can always just take that person out of my feed and check in on them occasionally if I care to.
7.) Unlike Twitter, every post and conversation is not exposed to the entire world. I'd rather not share my uninformed political rants or photos of my dog with the whole world. Those special treats are reserved for my lucky friends on Facebook.
So, sue me. I like Facebook. It adds value in a way that no other web site or service does.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to post a photo of the foie gras & endive salad that my dog and I are enjoying while sitting at the chef’s table at Le Cirque while we bitch about Obamacare.