21st Century Gary Farber presents:
A guest post by liberal japonicus:
I got pulled into Facebook when my horn teacher got into it and cajoled/threatened/ordered us to join. I did and immediately hooked up with a number of people who I had lost touch with, which was a gas. However, within a day of joining, I had friend requests from 3 people from my 1st grade elementary school class. At that point, I made the decision to not send friend requests. I'd still accept friend requests, (and still do) accept friend requests, but by drawing a line there, it makes it a bit easier to manage.
As this is a guest post, I'm in no position to enforce anything, but I hope that people will not draw conclusions about a person based on his or her use or non-use of FB.
However, I do hope there would be some of speculation about how the structure of FB affects the experience, what it means in the wider world. With that in mind, here is a link to John Dvorak's piece about why he isn't on Facebook.
There's a potential to take his comment:
There is no reason for anyone with any chops online to be remotely involved with Facebook, except to peruse it for lost relatives. So, next time you log on, remember it's really AOL with a different layout.
as a slam, and in the circles I run with, a lack of ability with computers can often be (mistakenly) conflated with a lack of intelligence (which is another point that I'd like to talk about, how do you separate out technological skills from intelligence?).