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Facebook Future

Posted in Uncategorized by ninjapino on May 26, 2011

Facebook has become a part of most people’s daily routine.  Even if we know full well that the odds of anything interesting and new being posted are slim, we still check it.  Hell, I have it on my phone, yet, everyday day after work, I come home, sit at my desk and log onto Facebook.  It has become a part of our lives that, for all the security issues, is far too convenient to let go.  And that’s good.  I could get into the whole security vs services debate, but it’s not an area I’m well tuned for.  I have my opinions on the matter, but that’s neither here nor there for the moment.  But, I do want to talk about Facebook in general.  I want to talk about where it is taking us.

Years before, when the internet was still a wondrous new playground, a metaphorical box of sand (including the newly found shards of glass that came along with it), the tech savvy of the world got into a brand new form of communication called “e-mail”.  E-mail, much like Facebook today, brought about a new era of communication.  It brought us to new lengths of communication and staying in touch that we never thought of before.  It was great.  People were addicted to checking there e-mail just as much as people are addicted to checking Facebook now.  It allowed us to easily send messages, images, and sometimes video if you had enough space.  Not only did it allow us to send these things to each other, we could easily save and store them.  No more old shoe boxes full of yellowing paper and damaged pictures.  No more digging through piles of photo albums to find that one shot that you took of your son all those years ago that you really want to show his new girlfriend to embarrass them.  No more having to develop pictures, hand write letters, make an envelop, and waiting a few days before your friend received them. Best of all, no more forgetting that those (mostly) wonderful memories even exist.  It was a great time.

Not long after came social networks such as MySpace and Facebook.  (Hell, I even had a Xanga site for a while if anyone else but me remembers that)  You could share thoughts, feelings ideas, pictures, videos, etc, with anybody you were willing to put on your friends list.  Many people took the term “friend” very loosely and added as many people as they could out of some misguided idea of “winning the internet”.  While it lost it’s intimacy, the value we gained from being able to open up to that many people at one time was immense.  It was just awe-inspiring the amount of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies could be transffered and brought to your attention at a moments notice.  We reveled in it.  Now, years later, Facebook is the obvious king.  Like e-mail and cell phones before it, those refusing to buy into the new form of communication are being left in the dust.  Some people like it that way, I understand, but the point still stands.  You are being left behind.

Now years later almost everyone has Facebook.  We post, we write, we talk about our daily lives, and we share the pictures.  It’s still relatively new to us.  The oldest picture most of us have on there is probably around 6-7 years.  There are a few of us that went back and posted really, really old pictures of when you were little for the fun of it, but those were still just posted recently.  There is a little nostalgia, but not much.  But the thing you have to remember, those pictures are now up there.

How many of you have gone back and deleted pictures just because they were old?  I’m betting not many, if any at all.  Now fast forward about 50 years.  My best is, Facebook is still around and it’s still as convenient as ever.  Almost everyone will have one as they do now and that includes you, Grandpa.  (Or Grandma as the case may be)  And, unless you have decided that it was needed to clean your virtual house, so are those picture of that spry 20 year old on your page.  They will be there for all of those on your friend’s list to see.  Think about it, in the future, when the old people of the world are well versed in the ways of online, and it’s not weird or a hassle to have your mom as your “friend”, those pictures will be there for your kids, your grand kids, that nice young man that helps you with your yard to see.  As for me, I couldn’t be happier.

As generations grow apart, so does the understanding between them.  A lot of it comes from this idea that the different generations are extremely different.  This is not the case.  Your parents partied just as hard when they were in college.  They had idealism just like you do.  Parents, your kids are probably alright.  They’re really not doing anything more dangerous then what you used to do.  Granted, this is a generalization, but you get my point.  With the added years of Facebook and all those post and images you are putting up right now…..the children of the future could very easily see that.  That picture of you at a bar holding up two separate drinks at once.  Those funny pictures of you and your friends hanging out.  That post you drunkenly made at 2am but found it too funny to delete the next day.

People have a tendency to look at the past and think of it as simply that, the past.  I, for one, can’t wait to walk by my grandson while he’s on his Xtrabook 3000 multi-media handheld and spy him browsing my old pictures out of curiosity.  I’ll probably bust out laughing when he gets to the picture of me in my friend Billie’s mini-skirt.


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