Why I’m Loving Facebook | Dirty Networks
Having seen Ben and some others resign themselves to Facebook, I asked them why I should bother… do I really want another digital dimension to have to check/keep up? And with being a teacher, all social networking sites are slightly fraught with potential pitfalls. (Unlike an ex colleague, who I think is very unwise, I don’t allow friendships with current students)
Well, having dipped my toe in anonymously for a while I decided to jump in properly, and, in fact, I love it. But perhaps not for the same ‘hey isn’t it great to hook up with my old grad school people again’ reasons.
Firstly, I think Facebook have been very wise and seen the future more clearly than sites like MySpace. They’ve recently bought the Mozilla-connected start-up Parakey (“Give your computer the bird”) whose whole premise is about bridging the gap between web and desktop. Watch out for Facebook really becoming an on-line desktop: contacts, photos, documents, events management. I’ve used it in small ways in this way and I think it’s going to be huge.
Secondly, I love the fact that Facebook is ‘dirty’. Well, it is for me anyway. Check my profile and you won’t see a sterile list of Christian leaders. There are real people there. Who swear and post dumb things and chuck stuff around. Some I’ve worked with, some I’ve taught at High School. And I love the fact that they get to see the ‘other side’ of what I do right there on my profile, and others get to see the teaching side too. For me personally i’ve always found that they enrich one another, and provide great moments for conversation on all sides. Some of which doesn’t have swearing or trrible grmr init