|The FB cover photo has to be "nice".|
I like Facebook and more so, Twitter. However, I have so far avoided checking the Newsfeed and the Twitter page for a good 3 months now. I only go there when I want to post something (which is very, very rare), when I get a notification that I got tagged or when there’s a private message that got in.
Otherwise, I use it as needed, like when I want to check on my family abroad.
Meanwhile, most of the Pinoy FB’ers are on it all their waking hours. It is the first thing they check when they wake up in the morning and the last thing they check before dozing off. I know a lot of people who refresh FB and Twitter every few minutes to get real-time updates.
And what are the updates about? The food they ate, where they just checked in, their likes, their rants, their recent photos, and all their thought balloons converted immediately into status messages.
Sometimes, the refresh button is clicked and the screens on their iPhones constantly dragged down to see the number of likes they get or to check if there are new comments made on their photo and status.
I know that a lot of thought also comes when people post a picture or when they write their status. It has to be clever enough to generate so many likes.
I would also get my fair share of comments and likes and I was told that the convention here is to “like” also every single comment they make on your wall to signify that you’ve read it and appreciated the comment.
Well, I don’t like these rules. I don’t like playing for the FB audience. I don’t have to be likeable. And while I am a generous “liker”, I don’t want it to be forced on me because of some online norms.
For a brief time, I was that person who was snooping on FB and Twitter for all the breaks and pauses of my everyday life. Now I’m free and enjoying all the extra time without having to like anything or anyone.
My life is so quiet now. And I really, really like it.