Two views on Facebook

My first view on Facebook is that of a good friend who lives in Bloxham:

Facebook for seniors.  To others of my generation who still do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook even exists, maybe try the following, as I am doing.  Here’s what I am doing to gain better understanding.   I am trying to make new friends without using Facebook but while applying the same principles.  Every day, I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.  I give them pictures of my family, my dead dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage or fixing things, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.  I also listen to their conversations, then give them the “Thumbs Up” and tell them I like them and it works!  I already have four people following me: Two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist!

My second view on Facebook is my own experience:

I opened a Facebook account because it seemed the thing to do and provided the usual personal details.  After that, I logged on from time to time but never felt comfortable with the Facebook format.  I suspect I am slightly on the autistic spectrum.  I am very organised and highly structured in how I work and look at things.  I like everything in its place and tidy.  Facebook was always the reverse to me.  Highly unstructured and very untidy so I never really took to it.  It was also like LinkedIn where one is constantly badgered to join people’s networks.  I soon deleted LinkedIn because it simply became a total nuisance and I soon realised that many of the people asking me to join their LinkedIn network had absolutely no idea that LinkedIn had asked me to do this on their behalf.

More recently and after the Facebook scandal had surfaced I started to receive huge numbers of requests to be friends on Facebook from people I had never met.  I therefore decided to delete my Facebook account but even this proved quite difficult.  However, perseverance won through and I think I am now completely out of it and have no regrets.



About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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