I know practically everyone in the whole wide world is on facebook and that email will, in the very near future, be obsolete, but facebook is giving me fits!
I took a workshop on Saturday at Sharon Arts Center with the talented and informative Melanie McDonald called Facebook for Artists. I was relieved to see that I wasn't the only one in the room who is somewhat mystified and a little apprehensive about facebook. It feels intrusive and clunky and I find it visually unappealing.
Much of the concern among the artists in the workshop was, naturally, about privacy and the wish to keep personal life and professional life somewhat separate. I think many of us fear being "invaded" in our private space. So that is the question: How do you have a presence online and yet retain a little privacy?
One good outcome is that I reconnected with lots of wonderful people! And it was such fun being accepted as a "friend". I have to admit I liked hearing back from people! Maybe that is the appeal.
What I don't like is the awful ad with the woman pulling her skin off her face! Good heavens! And why do ads for getting rid of belly fat keep showing up I want to know? And how to take 20 years off my face, etc. I'm okay with being over 50. Really. What's the alternative?
Also, I haven't figured out the whole wall/message thing. I responded to messages from friends and some of them showed up on my wall and others are in my messages. How did that happen? Is there a tutorial somewhere that teaches facebook for reasonably intelligent but frightened people? I don't want to be rude and violate some facebook etiquette (is there such a thing?) and respond via the wrong avenue.
I also added a "Page". I still don't get that, but my page is for me as an artist. I tried to link my "page" to this blog. I don't see how to do that. I tried to add a "like" button here and all I got was a big white box. I don't know. I don't think facebook and I are "friends" yet.
I think I'll go draw for a while.