LJ vs. Facebook
Jun. 17th, 2009 @ 10:12 pm
So, I'm thinking of breaking my Facebook virginity and joining. But I don't want to maintain Yet Another Social Networking Presence, so I'm wondering what people's thoughts are on replacing LiveJournal with Facebook.
I assume that everyone who reads this will also have a Facebook account*, and yet you're all still here reading this. Why haven't we all switched? The security model? The lack of blogging tools? Differences in social network?
I'm curious to hear what you people have to say, because I really don't feel like maintaining another account, updating both, etc. And yet half the good content here is marked friends-only, so I'd still have to keep this account and check in here to keep up with people.
* Because everyone besides me has a Facbook account, right?
Since Facebook limits the number of characters for the posts to just a couple of sentences, it makes sense to me to post any lengthy journal entries on LJ and posting short updates on facebook.
You can use the "notes" feature to write longer entries.
I actually have things set up so that my Twitter and LJ entries are automatically reposted on Facebook (as status messages and notes accordingly). Seems to be working well for me. But it does mean that I keep up with two (well more than two) social networking sites on a daily basis.
I don't really know why any of us are still using LJ. It was innovative in the day, but hasn't really joined up with the whole social web thing. It's just for blogging, and while blogging is great, FB does so much more that the integration is killing off LJ usage.
Like most people who still use LJ, I syndicate everything to the 'Notes' section of FB. I suppose there's probably a lack of public vs private controls on notes, but frankly I don't know how useful that fine control really is to me. Not very, I would say.
Funny enough Tyler and I were just talking about leaving LJ the other day. I have FB, LJ, Linkedin, and Twitter. I only really use FB. I used to have Flikr, too, and while it was good at it's one job, I really can't be bothered to maintain yet another list of friends, etc etc.
As a matter of fact, the longer I go on, the less I want to maintain any of it. Maybe the day to kill off LJ has come.
I second what ttmooney says. Much like friendfeed, facebook can consolidate *everything* you do into one feed. I still like having the separate blogger blog for my journaling (and my home page), and twitter is just fun, but it all goes into my facebook account.
by the way: don't accept any plants, animals, slaves, etc. Don't install any applications until you've hung out for a bit and figured it all out, or the status updates from your friends will be filled with garbage.
my ten cents.
I think it's the security thing for me. Also, I still do fandom-y things on LJ that I can't do on facebook or, at least, wouldn't want to. I also like being able to filter and such...I use facebook more like some people use twitter (except not 165894132186x a day).
Jeez, I love my facebook. It's fun perky and happy. I assume facebook is 100% public, anything that goes on there is for the world to see.
Where LJ is more for me, I'm okay being moody here, putting out ideas I'm not sure about, it's much more of a private conversation.
It's true about facebook apps, don't accept any, it's a time suck.
Good news everyone is on there so you'll have 50+, 100+ friends right away.
Not sure there any real bad news about it.
Good news, friends yo know and friends you forgot about,
Bad news, every add is a loop to spam hell and should never be clicked,
Good/Bad news The apps range from addictive to annoying depending on your mood.