Make no mistake. I am addicted. To Facebook.
Not because it’s another social networking group that allows me to show off my photographs and say ‘hi’ to all the beautiful strangers roaming around the web, but because it’s better than all the other social networking groups that I have been a member of (Ryze, Orkut, Linkedin, Hi5). Importantly, Facebook takes networking to the next level: it allows for any third party to make an application for Facebook. This way, the user is more than benefitted. There are newer applications every other day… from checking your astro compatibility with a fellow user to naming your Top Friends on your profile to plugging your latest blog posts and showing off your virtual book shelf.
The list is endless and that is what is so good about Facebook. You are forever discovering newer ways and therefore compelled to keep coming back to it every hour, on the hour. It can only get more frequent than that if you are working online like I do.
So here are the reasons why I think you should migrate to Facebook.
Making contacts is easier
Unlike its more notorious sister, Orkut, this site has none of the controversies associated with it. One reason being there is no scrapbook that can be misused by the malcontents crowding the web. And unlike Linkedin where you really need to know the person before you initiate a contact, over here, you can send a message along with your ‘friend request’ and make new friends.
Unlike Hi5, Facebook has more mature users. By mature, I don’t mean 30-plus people but people who are responsible and real. Ofcourse, there are a few who still use pictures of celebrities as their profile photos in much the similar way as Orkut, you can separate the wheat from the chaff if you are really in the know. For example, why will Abhishek Bachchan be in the friend’s list that is only full of other non-celebs? Why will Sameera Reddy be friends with school kids in the US when she’s more at home with businessmen, models and actors?
Because of its relatively ‘respectful’ platform, you can be friends with just about everybody, your colleagues, your superiors, your buddies, your friends’ friends and so on. What’s more, you can even use Facebook to just say ‘Hi’ to a person you’ve not spoken to or met in a long time. Just that ‘Hi’ keeps you in the social circuit. And that is what is good about Facebook, particularly if you have all your contacts out here. In fact, the first rule I would set for anyone joining Facebook is to get all their trusted contacts on to this site, so you can have a seamless interaction with them instead of hopping on multiple platforms.
One look at its blue and white front-end and you will be bowled. The layout is neat, uncluttered, spacey, easy on the eye, reader-friendly and very addictive. You will want to keep staring at your page, your photos, your posts, your gyaan…
The best part of Facebook is its idea of convergence. If anyone visits me, I can direct them to my photo album on Flickr, my blog on Sulekha, my friend’s blog on WordPress and many more. Agreed, the other sites also offer you to post your links, but over here, you can show a preview of your links to get the readers hooked. And how? As soon as you post a new jotting on your blog, the new headline appears 24 hours later on Facebook. You can also set the number of blog posts you want displayed on your profile.
The ‘news feed’ is the best part of Facebook. It keeps a tab on all that your friends and friends of friends are doing on the site. From X sending a beer to Y to W feeling happy about X and so on. What’s even better is how you can even read the messages and applications that are being downloaded and used by your friends. This not only makes you aware of so many applications on Facebook but also makes you take pride in knowing that you know all that is happening out here. If someone changes things on her profile, you will know. If someone uploads new pictures, you will know. If someone writes on the other’s public wall, you will not only know that but can also read it in your ‘news feed’. From the way it’s functioning, it should be renamed ‘The scoop’. Before you think it’s violating someone’s privacy, well it’s not. Because your private messages aren’t read, only the public messages.
The other advantages of Facebook:
- Great to contact people for free unlike Ryze and Linkedin that charge you a fee
- Best way to kill time – beats all sites hollow with its interactive elements. Beware.
- Great way to find long lost friends from around the globe
Should we all migrate to Facebook? A resounding yes to that. But what about other sites, you ask? Well, keep your primary communication confined to this site, but no need to delete your profiles on the others. The more area coverage, the better is the communication. Treat social networking sites as your ears. The more ears you have, the better connected you will be.
Statutory warning: People can spy on you if you don’t set privacy. This is the first thing you should do when you sign up.