I have been doing a lot of soul-searching about Facebook. I believe I have come to a fundamental shift in the way I view the service.
Facebook has always been about how many friends someone has. Friend requests come in, and hardly anyone gets told no. In this way, I feel like Facebook has really co-opted what the word friend actually means.
Are you a friend because we knew each other 25 years ago and both have a Facebook account? Or because I know your brother from elementary school?
This misconception is especially true in ministry. While not necessarily a bad thing, it does take away the personal aspect of the service.
I have a blog to share my lengthier thoughts with the Internet at large, and Twitter for the more frequent, yet less involved ones.
From now on, my Facebook is for me.
Over the next few days, I will be going through the process of limiting my Facebook to family, friends, and those with whom I want to keep in touch. I mean no disrespect if we used to be connected on Facebook and are no longer friends. It’s nothing personal. Besides, if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I post there MUCH more often than I do on Facebook. Not on Twitter? Look to your left. My Twitter feed lives in the NoCamo sidebar. Another option is my NoCamo Facebook page, where I post links to recent content and, in the near future, will use as an avenue for continued conversation.
What do you make of Facebook these days? Am I loopy? Mental? An old fogey?