Studies from the Pew Research Center and the New York Times indicate the typical American has 245 Facebook friends and knows 600 people both on and off the social network. In other words, if you’re a typical American, 355 of your peeps don’t use Facebook. I have a lot of friends who prefer the offline […]
I created my Facebook account as a graduate student when the site was only available to people with .edu email addresses. The date was Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 1:16 a.m. EDT. As my 10-year anniversary approaches, it won’t be a normal online day but one of a few things will happen: I will deactivate my […]
…in some places. Mathematical sociology suggests there are three types of interpersonal connections. Strong ties are people who live, work, or play with you. Weak ties are people who may have been strong ties but are now acquaintances or people you once met but never moved beyond acquaintances. These could be former classmates, ex-coworkers, old flames. […]
Facebook says: …you should only send friend requests to people you have a real-life connection to, like your friends, family, coworkers or classmates. LinkedIn says: …the basic type of connection is a contact you know personally and who you trust on a professional level. Twitter says: …”people you may know” are based on an algorithm […]
Facebook productivity increases when you read a status update from a profile or page and opt to like, comment, or share. When you don’t click those options, you are stuck in lurker mode and eventually get bored. It is a misnomer that you need friends to be productive. You only need to see content. It […]
I want to be too busy to use Facebook. People have their own reasons but I guess mine will start by doing other things. I want to be too busy. Here’s to living life outside of Facebook.
I don’t blame Facebook. It’s not her fault for providing an outlet for people to share baby photos, cat photos, religious and political links, and updates about everything under the sun. But because all that stuff is being shared in a 24/7 news cycle that never sleeps, and further because I have no rules to […]
“It’s only by having some distance from the world that you can see it whole, and understand what you should be doing with it.” – Pico Iyer Five days after logging off Facebook to spend time with family and enjoy the other side of the country, I returned to the social networking site and observed […]