Am I the last person left to sign up on Facebook?
I have resisted the pressure to join for a number of reasons.
From the start I was repulsed by the term "Facebook". I can't say exactly why, but perhaps it reminds me too much of the FBI's Most Wanted posters; or a catalogue of masks; or a hall of mirrors; or a dusty yearbook.
All scary images.
As the social network phenomena progressed, the nightmares of harassment, invasion of privacy and worse that made the news gave me pause.
But what really irked me was when someone "invited" me to view their photo album on Facebook and I linked on, only to find that I needed to join Facebook - that is open an account with my personal information, and yet another username and password.
Now, anyone can view blogger - you don't need to sign up or join anything.
Lately, Facebook has become so ubiquitous that it seems you can't do anything without it. The local TV station holds a daily give-away that requires you to "LIKE" them on Facebook for a chance to win. Non-profits sign up to win grants and cash by accumulating "votes" on Facebook.
New businesses and community groups all want you to connect on Facebook. What ever happened to a simple Web Site?
It seems that all communication is now through Facebook. What ever happened to simple Email?
From what I've seen of Facebook on other's accounts it is a confusing, irritating mess of drivel. OK, so a lot of blogging is drivel too, but again, you don't need to be here in order to support your favorite non-profit or join some nebulous network of people you don't know in order to read my drivel.
People seem to have to announce their every activity and "LIKE" this or that, from the local cafe to their friend's new hair style or the party that all their kool friends were at last night. There is definitely an aire of snobbery to Facebook - or at least that's my impression.
In general, the whole Facebook thing strikes me as juvenile. Like school kids in the cafeteria. Perhaps it is a generational divide.
I really would like to support Connecticut Labrador Rescue, Inc. which is where our dog Benni came from, but I am still resistant to join Facebook in order to do so.
My greatest fear of Facebook is that, like the Borg on StarTrek:
I WILL BE ASSIMILATED, and that RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.