Now I remember why I’m back on Facebook…
Facebook is what we used to call a “walled garden” and now call a silo: a controlled space in which people are allowed to do things that will amuse them while enabling Facebook to monetise their data trails. One network to rule them all. If you wanted a vision of the opposite of the open web, then Facebook is it.
I’m as critical of Facebook as anyone, but I tire of this trope. Facebook is of course a silo, but it’s also just a privately-owned app on the open web. In that way it’s no different than this here humble weblog, albeit somewhat more popular.
A couple of years ago I said, in some meeting or another, that soon we would all be _required_ to log into Facebook regularly. I think I was right, but I’m not at all happy about it. Facebook sucks. Wait, let me rephrase that. Unless you’re 17 years old or completely fascinated by everyone’s latest list of 25 useless things or you’re trying to promote your new self-help program, Facebook sucks.
I hear the argument that it’s so great being able to keep in touch with all 1200 people from high school. Really? I never even go to the once-every-five-year reunions. I surely don’t need daily updates.
Maybe I’m just an anti-social dick. Or maybe I’m doing it wrong. Either way, I need some new friends soon or Facebook has gotta go.
In the meantime, see you on the rest of the internet. Oh, and [Twitter](http://twitter.com/jackbaty)