I've been writing a gargantuan post about Facebook and other social-networking sites in my head for weeks, but the likelihood of it turning into words on a screen anytime soon is fairly slim. So for now, just a few scattershot notes:
My blog entries get automatically copied to Facebook as Notes.
They generally get more comments on Facebook than they do on my blog.
I post brief status updates to Facebook a little more often than I post blog entries. Those updates appear only on Facebook.
Unfortunately, nobody but my Facebook friends can see those status updates. I gather that it will soon be possible to set status updates to "publicly viewable by the whole world"; I'll probably do that.
Ideally, I'd like to have a way to post everything (regular-blog entries, language-blog entries, status updates, etc) in one central place (such as my blog) and have it appear in various other places (Facebook, Twitter, etc). I know there's software that will post the same thing in multiple places, but that's not quite the same thing, conceptually.
I've tried Twitter a few more times in the past couple months, and it continues to not fit my head. For example, I hate the way responses to posts are handled there—and I like the way they're handled on Facebook.
Made-up example Twitter responses:
@cheddar99: But why?
@cheesemonkeys: Well, okay, makes sense, but if I were you I would hold off on burning anything down.
So I come along and I see responses like the above, and I want to know what they're responding to, so I laboriously copy and paste usernames, and I see three dozen tweets posted by that other user in the last hour. And I have no idea which of them, if any, those cryptic responses were responding to. And sometimes it turns out that the responses were in response to other responses, and I have to repeat the process. I find it very frustrating.
In theory, if I want things I post to show up on Twitter, I should post them there and have Facebook read the feed and display the tweets as status updates, as several of my friends do (and as I'd like to see more of my friends do!). But that feels conceptually backwards to me, given that I don't use Twitter.
I don't read everything my friends post to Facebook. Generally I stop by once or twice a day, read the last page or so of status updates, and go away. This means I may miss significant posts. But unlike how I felt about LJ, where the volume was just too daunting for me, I feel more casual about Facebook—like it's not a big deal if I miss some posts.
Sadly, there've been some cases where I've missed significant events in friends' lives because I didn't happen to check Facebook during the brief window when the relevant posts were in my last page or so of updates.
What I'd really like to see added to microblogs (like Twitter or Facebook status updates) is an importance rating, say on a 1-5 scale. Someone posting "I just ate some toast" could rate that as a 1, and someone posting "I just gave birth" could rate that as a 5. Kind of like the way Slashdot does things, but with importance assigned by the poster (on the honor system). Then I could read at importance-level 4 or 5 when I'm short on time, and 2 or 3 when I have more time, and maybe 1 once in a while. Sadly, I suspect that adding such a thing to Twitter or Facebook would provoke cries of outrage, and that few people would bother giving their posts ratings.
I'm still kinda picky about who I accept friend requests from on Facebook. I waffle about this; some day I may switch to accepting all requests.
There's a certain person on Facebook who's friended 63 of my science-fiction-related friends, and who sent me a friend request. This person has listed very little information about themselves in their profile, and I can't find any info about them online, and they haven't replied to my "who are you" message. I asked a couple of people among those 63 who this person was, and they had no idea; they just accept all requests. I'm now wondering whether all 63 people just accepted the friend request. (Obviously there's nothing wrong with doing that; I'm just surprised.)