I’ve resisted joining Facebook for many years, in fact I resisted joining social networks for more years than I care to count. I was happy with my blog and using Twitter. My Twitter profile is available here.
After I completed the signup process I tweeted about it.
I feel like I've crossed over to the dark side by creating a #Facebook account at lunch time. Come and find me if you want to. 🙂
— techxplorer (@techxplorer) November 23, 2015
My friend Kahiwa Sebire wanted to know why after all this time, I’ve succumbed to the lure of Facebook. Essentially it comes down to the following three reasons.
First, I’ve been noticing that there is more and more content that is exclusively available on the Facebook platform, which I’m missing out on. Including the pages of some of my favourite podcasts including:
Perhaps now that I have an account, I’ll be able to contribute to the vibrant communities around these podcasts and other content.
I’ve also noticed that some of the activities that my little girl is involved in, are promoted on Facebook. I increasingly feel like I’m missing out on that aspect of her life.
Second, many of my friends use Facebook to communicate and keep in touch with each other. In the past I’ve been very bad at using email, and especially the phone, to keep in touch with friends. My hope is that through Facebook we can keep in contact easier and with more success.
This third thing is what tipped me over the edge.
My little girl, who is four, loves to talk to her Granny and Pa in Queensland on the phone. The trouble is that she hasn’t quite grasped the idea that they can hear her, but they can’t see her. So she spends time trying to show them her favourite toy, latest craft masterpiece, or lego construction.
We’ve tried various video chat services in the past, such as Google Hangouts and Skype, with limited success. We even tried 3G video calling, but as they have an Android based phone, and I have an Apple iPhone, it wasn’t possible.
I want her to have a close relationship with her grand parents, and video calling seems like the best alternative to actually being with them.
Granny is already on Facebook, and is familiar with using Facebook to chat. My understanding is that Facebook Video calling is super easy to use. My hope is that we can use this service, where other services have failed.
So in essence the main reason for having an account, the thing that pushed me over the edge, is video calling between my little girl and her grandparents.
It’s an experiment, and I’ll post here on my blog about the results.