I don’t have a lot of original thoughts on FB to offer. The stuff that bugs me is what bugs everyone, but things have gradually been getting worse over the time, and I think at last it has gone below critical mass in terms of what it can offer me, and I barely check it any more. I’m not going to delete my account; it’s still useful as a repository of contact information, but I find my enthusiasm to go there and post to be about zero.
Posting something gets very little interaction unless it is a pet or child photo, the only thing that people seem to care about. No conversations get started, so it’s pointless to post.
If I don’t change the setting for a friend to “see first,” then I never see their stuff at all. If I make such a change for a friend who posts too much, then that is all I will see. The problem is that some friends do post good things but they post all day long (sometimes literally–I have a friend who’s quite sick for whom FB is his life). This is a curse of social media and not really FB’s fault. It’s one reason why I haven’t done Twitter in years.
The messaging function (laptop) and app (phone) is one reason why I was on FB a lot. But now I use Whatsapp (also owned by FB) in a very curated way and just talk to my close friends.
FB is overstuffed with all kinds of shit nobody needs and doesn’t work well. And I say that as someone who blocks ads on the desktop version. Event invites are “friends” just spamming you with their petty business shit; it is simply impossible to separate out that from things that you might actually want to do. If you join a group, then you get those notifications in your face all day long. Too busy, too much to sort out. Overstimulating and useless at the same time.
I think 2018 will be remembered as the year FB peaked. I’m not going to post a lot on all of the incompetence in running the platform, the horrific political consequences of the algorithm in the 2016 election, and Zuck constantly stepping on his own dick these days. But it’s depressing and does nothing for my enthusiasm for the site. Young people are apparently leaving the site in droves, and I think the time is ripe for a competitor to come along and do a better job. FB is not invulnerable any more.