I can’t do it. I’ve tried and failed. I’ve watched my wife, daughter and son sail about in it as if it’s the most natural thing in the world but if I go anywhere near it, I’m baffled, flummoxed and an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy and failure engulfs me.
Facebook is shit isn’t it? I know some people think that, some people have hugely complex reasons for hating FB based on their terms of service and how they’re making a fortune out of all the information people post on it. I don’t mind about that, I just don’t get it.
So, to rub salt into my open Facebook failure wound, a ‘fan page’ devoted to the new series of Red Dwarf was put up last week and within a few minutes close to half a million people had ‘liked it’ and close to fifty thousand were ‘talking about it.’
As if that wasn’t enough, they put a link to my blog post about Red Dwarf and within half an hour I had 37,000 hits.
Now, on a good day, for instance when I wrote about Professor Brian Cox’s wonderful lecture recently, I’d get maybe 8,000 hits, loads of comments, lots of interaction, re-tweeting etc. All lovely and filled with hope and joy.
But 37,000 hits just showed me what a complete and utter numpty I was for not ‘engaging with the Facebook community.’
I do have a Facebook page, I’ve had it for years, I’ve joined just about every service there is when they started but I never use Facebook. I only ‘friend’ people who I actually know, people I’ve worked with, people I actually like, but I still don’t use it.
I use Twitter all the time, far too much, I use Google+ all the time, I love it. I understood how to use both those services pretty much instantly. I’ve had Facebook for years and I’m like a 90 year old granddad who’s never used the internet before and doesn’t know what a mouse is.
So I’m setting myself a challenge. I’m going to try and use the wretched Facebook. I’m dreading it.