Your post reminds me of the time I wondered whether to own a mobile phone or not. I weighed the options and even wrote down a debate with arguments for and against! Facebook is a brilliant medium when used well, but now that the algorithms have changed, it's difficult for useful material to turn up on people's feeds as what garners most views begin to turn up more often. Voices like yours ought to be there on fb. I also love the privacy and the corner-like feeling that one's own website gives. It's so beautiful that you have inspired me to purchase real-estate of my own online. Do keep writing. The processing matters to us.
Many many years ago, I used to pay attention when you asked a question in the class, because you always had great questions and the discussions that followed made the class interesting. You being in the class made the class better. I am expecting the same with Facebook now - expecting to see some interesting thoughts, notes and discussion from you.
Saying me too is like being in the herd... but the fact is that. I share the same thoughts although not so articulate if I was to frame mine when I took the plunge into this social web. This has helped reconnect and helped keep in touch with people who, prior to crossing the threshold, I had considered I would never be able to reconnect. I am sure in a few years time there would be other engines to reconnect and keep in touch - but until then happy FB ing (hate to say happy but at the say time why should one think gloomy - as you yourself put it once decided live to celebrate the decision).
Welcome aboard - albeit in the corner seat that you love to occupy!
Welcome. I too had similar , but perhaps not so "in-depth" thoughts when I started. Then I thought, ( like most often when I want an excuse ! ) - - what the heck, you only live once. Being on Facebook has helped me reconnect with old friends (one of them being you too !) - seeing them grow old gracefully as I am and seeing their children and their successes etc. That cant be a bad thing. So keep you going as you have started and keep in touch ! Say hello to Preethi as well.
Dins... recently my friend Shibu Augustine compared FB to a fridge (Refrigerator). Though we know there is nothing inside or though you don’t need to open it, you still WILL open it and close it whenever you go near it. Sahi hein na?... It was true in my case! I used to log in for no reason... and scroll through the page… even while doing something important. I found FB and YouTube as the biggest boon to mankind, as the truth behind many ‘conspiracy theories’ hidden by the main stream media today started reaching the ordinary man. But recently some people have also started using this media platform for propagating false information with selfish motives. (Eg. We saw a number of posts of the recent ‘conspiracy’ MH370… floating around the seas). It was simply for these reasons; I stopped opening my ‘fridge’ these days. But as Tom Litto righty said, we are sure you will have something out of the ordinary, especially when these days you are ‘minding your own business’ and have ample time. But the truth is your personal secretary never made us feel your absence.