Irrational Fear of Facebook

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! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Irrational Fear of Facebook

  1. Wow. As much as I like the idea of public exposure and love the social media to help promote and bring awareness to good causes…. Facebook, has as much a negative as a positive on the personal level and I find it more like an Anaconda. 😉

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    • I think that might be what my problem with Facebook is – the lines between the personal/professional levels are getting all blurred when it comes to social media. Thanks for your comment and have a great weekend! 🙂

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  2. I love the analogy between facebook and a snake that suffocates its victims before eating them.

    I find facebook useful, even though it’s filled with useless information about people I’ll never meet:
    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/the-facebook-strobe-light/

    And now we have HootSuite:
    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/sweet-tweet-hootsuite/

    I’m fairly cautious about the amount of time I spend on FB, as well as with the information I share on FB.

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  3. Facebook certainly seems to be rolling with it, which is part of its charm. As huge and faceless as it may be, they adjust really quickly to public feedback. Apparently they are going to have a new feature coming out where you can download a file with ALL of your uploads and updates since the beginning of your account to help us feel ownership over our content. Gotta admit, this is pretty cool.

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    • Being able to download your entire Facebook profile is a pretty good idea – it’s like they’re making up for all those privacy issues they’d been having. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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