Since in my Being There presentation I blabbed about being “open” and looking at new tools from the “inside” I am trying my best to hold those attitudes while looking at what is becoming the juggernaut of Facebook. I’m feeling a bit slow to warm to it and looking for some heat.
Facebook just seems a bit stingy with content.
I get the insanely interconnectedness of it all, of getting updates not only what people are “doing” (wow, it is like twitter in N-dimensions). The adding of new tools and customizing etc is bone head easy. People are creating new add on tools every day, so the platform being “open” to creating new functionality. That’s good. I see organizations (e.g. my own) stepping in to provide a presence and gaining new connections.
Well, at least “friends”, and yet, that is in quotes. There are true friends and there are one click “friends”.
I am being open-minded. Really. I am trying. I am finding it uphill.
But here are some things I don’t like. Facebook seems very stingy and walled in many regards- take for example pictures. It will eagerly go and suck in your flickr photo stream (because flickr provides this) to your profile. However, to add any photos to shared albums, or to put them inside the Facebook walls, I have to re-upload them again, re-write captions (the iPhoto plugin works great, but it is a smack dab repeat of the flickr process, and I HATE uploading the same media twice). Once my photos are in Facebook- can they be used anywhere else? Not outside of Facebook. Nope. Are there Creative Commons licenses? Nope. I am not feeling all that inclined to add many photos to such a closed box.
I am wary of web sites where I cannot export my content. The ones I favor provide tools to “get my stuff” out at any time, in formats compatible with other sites.
Don’t like the photo tracks? What about the books I am reading/read feature? If I am already tracking that ins say, an open tool like LibraryThing, to do the same task in facebook, I have to re-enter all my book titles again. Can any external web applications use this data? Nope, there are no APIs.
There are few available RSS feeds from facebook. They certainly suck in all kinds of content via RSS feeds externally, but do they turn around and provide the same feature back? Nope. Smacks me as stingy.
What about networks? Besides geographic ones (and I can see nothing compelling in the flow of ‘information’ of the Phoenix network), I am finding others are limited by email. I cannot join the Arizona State University network, though I am an alumni, because I lack a current ASU email address. I cannot join a network based on rather stingy criteria.
Hmmm, so far I am not sounding very open-minded. But I am checking in even more than I was a few weeks ago, trying to sort out what all of the invitations and notices and walls and superwalls and pokes and whatnot. There’s a whole lot of connective and update activity, but am trying to find a bit more meat. Stuff.
Yes, I ought to give it a fair shake, so I am remaining open to it, and am just waiting for the light bulb to shine for me.
Okay, I have enjoyed Scrabulous in Facebook. There, I stated something I like.
I am not feeling the magic potential I get from more open environments. Maybe Facebook is changing, or maybe someone will shine some light my way. Maybe I am over the hill.
I really would like to be more positive. Help me….
The post "StingyBook? SelfishBook?" was originally slapped on the butt by a cigar smoking doctor yelling "It's a post!" at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/11/stingybook/) on November 18, 2007.