Ten Years on, Some Tire, Some Reinvent Facebook - The New Indian Express

Ten Years on, Some Tire, Some Reinvent Facebook

Published: 11th February 2014 07:32 AM

Last Updated: 11th February 2014 07:33 AM

Today, it’s ten years since Facebook first inspired people to ‘post’ a ‘status’ on their lives - from the perfect cappuccino they are sipping to politically inspired jokes. The social networking site now has over 1.23 billion users. Through the years and the numbers, Facebook has come to mean many things.

Like the activity #keepingartsalive where users are reclaiming their FB space to bring about an artistic reform of sorts. Here, information about a favourite artiste is tagged with names of friends.

The tagged friends take the chain forward by posting about the artiste on their Facebook walls and tagging others. “For me, especially as an architect, it is an opportunity to learn more about art. Today we are bombarded with so much information, wanted and unwanted, that the chance to absorb something from otherwise mindless social networking that mostly involves celebrity gossip and wisecracks is welcome,” says Chaitanya KK.

Chetan Sastry Vijayakumar is part of a similar initiative for poetry titled Project: Flood Facebook with poems.

He recalls that after he’d liked his friend’s status about a poem, the two of them followed it up with an interesting discussion on the poet. “It strayed away from the usual casual talk,” says the student of clinical psychology.

Hitting ‘unlike’

Not everyone is enjoying their time on Facebook. Some have, in fact, flown the coop to de-clutter and re-prioritise their time.

“I quit Facebook because I used to spend too much time on it, doing particularly nothing at all. Now, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. It’s a bit tempting to go back to it sometimes but the moment passes. Earlier, all the photos being shared by friends and observing people getting trolled on various pages, kept me on Facebook for quite a few hours, two to three hours a day on the site,” says Hrishi Varma, a consultant at a start-up.

Saurabh Jain, a techie, quit Facebook three weeks ago. “It doesn’t hold my interest anymore. Too many people talking about things they knew nothing about or things that didn’t really matter.

I’m aware that there are ways to filter information, but even those don’t work too well.

It’s all very cluttered,

and then there are too many ads. Now I talk to people over the phone or on chat,” says Jain, who has since switched to Twitter.

“I think Facebook has effectively produced a generation that has forgotten how to read or write coherently, a “safe” space for bullies, stalkers and the like to conduct their business easily, and just a convenient method for a lot of people to waste time. I limit my usage to a couple of hours every week,” says Ashutosh Bhat, copy writer.

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