So here’s my worry.
It’s probably linked to the Facebook IPO and the experience that for the first time since the early 1990’s I feel utterly out of touch with a profound shift that’s taking place in the media.
I just don’t use Facebook, not for any weird big-brother-control-freak-privacy-paranoia weirdness, I just don’t use it.
I’ve tried, I’ve got a Facebook page but it just doesn’t ‘engage‘ me. I probably got there once a month at the most.
Sure, it’s a great way of keeping in touch with my friends but I find when I re-meet an old friend I haven’t seen in a while, we catch up by gossiping, laughing and generally interacting in meat-space.
I personally find the internet is a great place to communicate with people I don’t know and will generally never meet.
I understand that I may have a hangover from old school media thinking, in some ways seeing these tools as a broadcast or publishing medium rather than a true form of social media where no one individual is a broadcaster, but making a show like Fully Charged is a very different experience from making a traditional TV show, broadcasting it and moving on.
I am still getting comments and interactions generated by Carpool and Fully Charged episodes I made two and three years ago. I am super aware of the audience reaction, of which particular shows are more popular, which are generally ignored.
But none of this happens of Facebook and obviously if I had any sense, it should. That, lets face it, is where the vast majority of the worlds net connected mobile using population go, every day, all the time.
the people I know, particularly of my generation have adopted Facebook with ease, they are all nattering away to each other all the time.
Not only that, but every company I’ve ever heard of has a Facebook page, even the BBC uses Facebook as the online presence of their long running radio and TV series.
Indeed there is both a Carpool and Fully Charged Facebook page, you’ll be able to find it easier than me. It makes no sense that I don’t use them, they’ve been set up for me by people who know how to use Facebook, I’ve seen the pages and know I should update them, feed stuff into them.
I never do.
So does this mean I’m a massive fail at Facebook and I’m being left behind like a tragic, befuddled old bloke outside the massive party that everyone’s attending.
Or could it mean that due to its overarching power, ubiquity and corporate bulk, it will become annoying, slow moving and dull and I will be proved less wrong?