Facebook Walls are an odd enigma if you sit back and think about it, many a time you want to ‘delete’ except there is no actual button to do so, a clever marketing manipulator by the creator – you can of course deactivate for ’10 minutes to ten days +’ if you choose to and Facebook will always welcome you back as a long lost friend.
It is like a mini game in itself if you think about it, it can be addictive and destructive, irksome and annoying, but so too can the users. People add people without thinking about it, sometimes to the point they do not even know why they ‘did’ add them??
It must be seen as funny, even by the very puzzled – l mean if someone just walked up to you in the street in real time and said ‘Let’s be friends?’ You would look at them like they were a wack job, yet it is perfectly acceptable behaviour in Facebook? And why? Well it is all part and parcel of this application of social networking – to make a community open and able to communicate.
In truth Facebook is nothing much short of an alternative alias filled with electronic and at times imaginary friends – sure you can know some people and probably do – but in many cases, these friends are associates of friends you already have and for some reason association friends want to be your ‘friend’ as well?
Some users, applicators, networkers or friends hardly use their Walls, others use them daily, others don’t use them to communicate with others but to themselves and even more just use theirs to ‘like’ another application advert. Here we have posts, likes, quotes, groups, branded products, unique content, comments, arguments, debates, adverts and sloganism at its height! All under the banner of ‘open sociality and communicative networkers’.
People want to be part of another’s’ Wall, many a times not even knowing why? And once there hardly ever say a word for months. Friends come and go, deactivate, leave never to return and it is all part and parcel of the whole economics of the vehicle itself – after all we are just consumers. We slim down, or DE clutter our Walls and the amount of users we have regularly and in many cases re build what we destroyed, it is the nature of this clever beast!
You have to ask what is the point to it all, there has to be a point, but is it personal? No, in truth it is one huge and by that l mean enormous advertising platform, which we feed into and eat from – it’s that simple – we consume it!
In truth, l don’t even like it, l should imagine not many do, but still we consume its content like a poor quality breakfast cereal, we are just part of the many cogs that run its wheels.
Does this post make sense to the reader?
Probably not, but it’s my Wall.
My pondering if you will, it’s my journal after all!
Why Am I Deactivating My Facebook I Hear You Ask? – Rory Matier 2014
“We have begun to live in a world, where we eat content, drink content and breathe content, without giving a single thought to its composition and what kind of impact it has upon our lives.”