Random Thoughts About Facebook

Facebook became available to the general public on September 26, 2006.  Other than Google I would argue Facebook has had the most significant impact on how we use the Internet than any other website.

I created my Facebook account on October 21st 2007.   The 4th post on my wall came almost a year later, in September of 2008.   The message was my from my friend and business associate Ron Kavanaugh who wrote: “post something!”

In response, I commented on a photo he tagged me on.  However it took another 6 months before I began to actively use Facebook.  That was two years ago and I’ve been an active user ever since.  Today I spend about an hour a day on Facebook; it is part of my daily routine and an integral part of my business.

As a result, of this experience I decided to share some random thoughts about Facebook.  Hopefully you’ll find a few interesting.  Please share your own insights in the comments.

  • My aunt calls Facebook, “Myfacespace”
  • MySpace has actually gotten a lot better, but no one has noticed.
  • More than 50% of Americans over 12 years of age are users of Facebook.  However, most of my family and friends don’t have Facebook accounts.
  • I never believed Facebook user counts.  There are Facebook profiles for pets, characters from novels, people with multiple profiles even Big Foot has one.
  • I have almost 4,900 “friends”.  I’m now suspicious of friend request from someone with whom I share no friends.
  • I’m surprised when I get a friend request from someone I actually know.
  • My teenage children and I are not Facebook friends, and we love each other.
  • I hate the Facebook feature where a “friend” can add you to a group without your permission.  Your only notice is the rash of emails from the group.
  • I spent about an hour a day on Facebook.  If I were not running a web based business I suspect it would be about an hour a week.
  • I love to play games, but I never play games on Facebook  – In fact I block all game applications.
  • When removing that spam post for the “free iPad” on my wall, I accidentally clicked it.  The associated application proceeded to spam by friends with the same message.  It took an hour to remove those spam messages from my friend’s walls.
  • It is astonishing how many people use their websites to drive traffic to Facebook rather than the other way around.
  • Too many people take the activities of others, on Facebook, way too seriously.
  • I can’t reply to all of my Facebook messages — especially if I don’t log in for a day or two.  If I don’t reply, don’t assume I hate you, just try again.
  • The best thing about a Facebook Fan Page is the visitor statistics they provide.
  • Through Facebook I’ve reconnected with people I have not seen in over 30 years.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the film Social Network
  • Facebook is great.  Some think it will “become the Internet”.  I think that would be a disaster.

Troy Johnson Facebook Profile Page: http://www.facebook.com/aalbc
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  • Trish O’Sullivan

    I bet with 4,900 friends, your newsfeed must be like a ticker tape.

    • http://aalbc.com Troy

      Trish, actually the Newsfeed is not a problem. By default Facebook sets the Newsfeed option to “Show posts from Friends and pages you interact with most”, as a result the Newsfeed is not overwhelming at all, the problem is that I seem to see stories from the same people.

      Now that you mention it I’m going to change my setting to or “Show posts from All of your friends and pages.” I’ll let you know what that is like.

      • http://aalbc.com Troy

        I’m going to keep the setting at “Show posts from All of your friends and pages” for now. I’m now seeing stuff from folks I forgot I was friends with. Sure, I can’t possibly read everything, but there is much more variety now. Before it I was seeing stuff from the same few people all the time.

  • Dee

    Its a good thing you block the game application, its very addicting. Thanks for that suggestion it might drastically decrease my time spent there. Great article by the way funny too.