My wife was on Facebook several months before I even tried it. I would sometimes log on as her just to play Scramble-which is an addictive “Boggle” type game allowed by Facebook. I was once brainwashed by Myspace into using it to post pictures for my parents of our 1 year old boy since they live so far away.
I could also post videos and that was my main goal. Somewhere along the way my wife convinced me to try Facebook. I was extremely discouraged the first several times I used in trying to find photos, trying to find friends, and trying to post stuff. What’s the wall to wall stuff? It’s so confusing. The reality is that I think I was brainwashed with the repetition of using Myspace and Facebook was just different. After using it several months I do know agree that Facebook is much better overall. And here’s why!
1) Networking-everytime someone joins you will get the opportunity to look at their friends and get a list of people you may know. This will only add to your friends base and who knows, you may meet someone who works at an establishment that you also want to work at.
2) Emails-You would think this was annoying but it somehow hooks you back onto the site each and every time. “John has posted a message about you(or your pic).” Well of course you want to know what John said and possibly reply. So back you go to www.facebook.com.
3) Security– For some reason I feel much safer on Facebook even though you post your whole full name. People can’t browse your photos and profile if you are set to private. And you accept only those who you wish to be friends with. This is similar to Myspace but you don’t really know who everyone is on Myspace so you sort of have to guess if you know a “Butch” from Canada.
4) Spam and stealing passwords-On myspace I got so many girls wanting to be my friend for absolutely no reason. I have come to the conclusion much to the chagrin of my ego that these girls weren’t real at all but much like spam. I also clicked a few videos that turned out to steal my password. I have not had to worry about this at all with facebook as of yet.
5) People-the amount of real people continues to grow. I graduated in 1989 and I check back often at my high school page. People continue to join at a very steady rate so it seems as if the trend is going toward facebook.
6)Games-I spend way too much time playing Scramble and Word Twist. But it allows me to have fun and compete against my dad and mom who are out of state. This is an incredible reason to do facebook instead of scramble.
7) Readability-Since I was not accustomed to Facebook I didn’t think it won this category overall at first. But now I don’t think it’s even close. It’s so much easier to understand, read and reply on Facebook.