I want to talk about Facebook. Yep, Facebook. (No, I am not out of material to blog about, I swear.) Facebook gets bad reviews from some folks, other folks live for it, and still other folks have had to stop using it this past year.
I see the potential for misuse—that was crystal clear during the election this year. I see the potential for abuse and obsession with it too—I know people who spend more time on Facebook than they do with real humans. I understand that it can be a time-suck too—it probably accounts for as much lost productivity at work than anything else.
But I still find the potential benefits and value of Facebook outweigh anything that anyone (or me) can say negative about it. If I don’t like your over-posting or negative posting behavior, I hide you from my newsfeed and check in on you manually.
It does not mean I dislike you or that you aren’t still my friend. If I find myself spending too much time on Facebook, then I simply spend less time on it. Problems easily resolved. Now I can share why I think it is so valuable.
I have many positive pages in my newsfeed. I like to be inundated with positive in as many places as I can. It inspires me; it uplifts me and sometimes is just what I need to hear/see. Because that is what I like to see when I sign on to Facebook, it tends to be what I post as well. I also share my blog posts with my friends using Facebook. I want to be a beacon of light in your life and not a contributor of darkness.
I was taught early in my life that if I had nothing positive to say, that I should say nothing at all. I honor that, particularly in the social media world. Anytime I have not honored this anywhere in my life, it has not served me well anyway.
The biggest reason I find so much value in Facebook is that it allows me to reconnect with so many “long lost” people from my world. Chapters and chapters of my life story are represented on my friend and family lists. I love that!
I love that so many memorable people from my life are right here, at my virtual fingertips, no matter where they are in the world. In the virtual world, you are all right here in my office with me. I get to share in your lives as much as you get to share in mine.
Facebook to me is a win-win-win. I am grateful it allows me to feel closer to family and friends I miss seeing. Facebook even helps me to feel closer to my friends who are right here in town since I get out and about less since the surgeries.
So, yep, I blogged about Facebook. I am positively grateful for it. If you aren’t, just wait until your birthday, and it will rekindle those fond feelings. 😉
Do you have any strong feelings one way or the other about Facebook? How do you make social media sites work for you in your life?