Sometimes It Really Is Not You... And It Is Me. Really.

Friday, May 13, 2011
I dropped a social network today. It wasn't the people. I just never felt like I fit in there. This is not to be a critique about the ins and outs of social networking or about the banality of certains types of posts and posters. All online social groups have archetypes ranging from trolls to whingers and everything else in between. This has been true since the first day Usenet was turned on in 1979.

I have been hanging around the internet since 1988, when my job in the military industrial complex granted me an email address, access to PROFS and after a little digging around, I found Usenet. The same groups of people lived there, too. Especially in the alt. groups.

If it wasn't the people, then why did I delete my accounts at said social network? My heart just wasn't into it anymore. Most of the people I cared about were already on other other social networks I hang out on. I had very little to say, at least in 140 character posts. I just couldn't summon the energy to participate anymore.

In the end, that's all it was. I never promised I would be around forever, or that I didn't use other social networking sites. It wasn't you. It was me.


  1. I'm so glad we're FB friends. I'd hate to lose contact with you altogether. I haven't been visiting *there* much either. It seems to have evolved into a very shallow space. ((hugs and love through the aether))

  2. I've been hearing the same things about other social networks...and I'll admit that though I go to FB once a week I am pretty much disinterested in it at the moment. Maybe at some point you just want to put down your wii tennis and go play real tennis.

  3. Thanks Robin. It is a place I don't fit into, but I have made a lot of good friends. I am glad I am still linked up with you and Walt (and Sagan too) at FB.

    Diane, you are absolutely right! As usual.

  4. I am so very grateful for facebook. It really helps us keep in touch with family and friends who are far away. But it doesn't feel so bad when I can see and share with them every day on FB. I know it isn't the same as real life relationships but it sure helps with the heartfires. FB is also a great way to spread awareness about corporate and political corruption which is very important to me.


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