I’m both fascinated by and afraid of Facebook. It’s a little bit like when you see someone handling a giant boa constrictor at a zoo. You want to hold it, but at the same time, you’re thinking, what if it suffocates me? Strangely enough, you see children approaching the boa. They’re touching it, looking into its reptilian eyes, and they appear totally unafraid. So you decide to touch it – just a quick stroke of a finger, that’s it. You move a finger over the snake’s cool skin. It’s so fluid, so smooth, so… slick – but you’re still not brave enough to actually hold it.
That’s essentially my relationship with Facebook. I love how user-friendly the website is, how slick, smooth and blue the interface is… and how it’s practically mandatory to have a Facebook page when you’re an aspiring author.
But I’m still afraid to get a new account. I don’t know why, really. Every day I keep up-to-date on what’s new in social media. I follow AllFacebook, WebNewser, and SocialTimes on Twitter and religiously read new articles.
I love the idea of social media. It’s a whole new way we can collaborate and share information with others – and did I mention it’s practically a necessity for aspiring authors? Ever since I first got a Xanga account when I was a senior in high school, I’ve been obsessed with all kinds of social media and the potential it holds for publishing, marketing, writing and the entire interface of the web.
But I’m still hesitant to get another Facebook page.
Maybe it’s because Facebook is so all-encompassing. Everyone has a page these days. Even my sixty-year-old dad has a Facebook page. I really feel out of the loop sometimes.
Maybe it’s because Facebook is constantly coming out with new features. (Groups, Places, new Photo capabilities, etc.)
Maybe it’s because Facebook is giving Google a serious run for its money.
Maybe it’s because Facebook has an excellent movie based on it.
Maybe it’s because everywhere I go on the Internet, I see those “like” buttons. Even when I’m watching TV or listening to the radio, I’m inundated with mentions of Facebook.
So does anyone else feel the same way? Or am I just completely crazy? Leave a comment letting me know! 🙂