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Why LJ is better than Facebook

I was visiting with my sister justkimu on my way back to the Midwest from North Carolina at Christmas and we were telling her girls why LJ was so much better than facebook. Ironically it was the things that Facebook touts as making it the best social network that we were pointing out as it's downfalls.

There was a time when my day started out with a fairly long post to LJ every morning. I knew it wasn't just a journal...that other people would be reading it and that I cared about what people had to say. Contrast that with facebook where I'm mostly just posting photos or short quips or complaints and it doesn't matter at all that it won't be a semi-permanent record I can look back on.

The people I met on LJ I got to know and consider real friends. I've got about 165 friends on LJ still and I've met about half of them in person. I have over 1100 "friends" on Facebook and I'll probably never meet most of them and to be honest there are many that I don't care if I will or not. Yes Facebook has allowed me to catch up with some old friends that I probably never would have lured to LJ and that's nice. But the vast majority of my time on Facebook isn't spent keeping up with those folks anyway.

The reason I stopped posting to LJ so much was a co-worker saw me posting to LJ one day and reported me to one of my former bosses who was a micro-manager from Hell and I was told not to use LJ at work. That screwed up my whole routine and after a couple months I just developed new routines. But I really miss writing more extensively and reading more in depth about my friend's lives. Posting photos to communities and getting feedback and writing about my Spiritual journey in my Shamanic community.

So I'm trying to re-write my routines a bit and push back from the constipation that is Facebook.




Jan. 31st, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
FB will eventually go the way of MySpace. People don't believe me when I say that but it will happen.
Feb. 1st, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
I think the same.

But... myspace was an old-days stuff, no deep ideas etc. Facebook is on the verge of introducing a full-power artificial intelligence.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
FB is on the verge of starting to charge people for their accounts!

Feb. 2nd, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
I believe you. That's why I've kept my LJ. Facebook is too much like short attention span theater. Here I have more room to write in depth about things, and I have the ability to lock entries way the hell down and limit who I want to see them. That's not possible on FB.

I really need to write more. I've been keeping the Agony Aunt journal going, but I don't write on my own enough. That's mainly because of my internet connection nightmares and major computer failures over the last couple of years, but all that's straightened out now. Note to self: write more.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I could use that note too! At one time I would have said Google Plus was going to take over from Facebook but not enough people made the switch. Clearly the vast majority of people could care less about collaborative communities.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Google Plus might have been a contender if Google wasn't so hellbent on forcing it on everyone. Personally, I don't think Google's as good at things as they think they are. I offer up the shitty gmail interface as my proof.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
The only thing I use gmail for is so I can have multiple accounts on various social media.


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