Saturday, March 7, 2009

One Thing I Love About Facebook

Denny Burk has posted a link to the video "Twenty-Five Things I Hate About Facebook". Yes, I pretty much hate every single one of those things about Facebook. In fact, I'm a pretty bad Facebooker. I'll do friends. I'll do the occasional chat. I don't do applications. The IT-guy in me just automatically refuses when faced with ominous prompts about giving access to my profile to things I don't know and trust. So, I don't do flair, don't do bumper stickers…don't do a lot of things. Facebook has its annoyances.

But there is one thing that I really love about Facebook. Facebook smashes your entire world together. Your church friends, your non-church friends, your past, your present—it all comes colliding in Facebook. That reality makes it just a little bit tougher to be living a double life. Not impossible—I know that there are ways around this. But just a little bit tougher. And I'll take that as an improvement.

So to all of the members of the FBC Farmersville Facebook group: Your pastor is watching. And, of course, I know that you are watching me. Just please disregard those skinny, geeky pictures that my college roommate put up. ;-)


Alan Stoddard said...


I agree with your Facebook comments.

I've used it to really up my game in connecting with people. I DO NOT do any of the pokes, apps, or any of the other stuff. I have a long page of "requests." I will not even give them the time of day.

Mars Hill is developing a Christian equivalent to Facebook. It's pretty good. Social networking, when handled with care, can be good.

Check it out:

cameron coyle said...

tried to ignore the college pictures, but couldn't resist. those are hilarious! thank your friend for the laugh!!!


R. L. Vaughn said...

Good post. I feel much the same way about facebook. I joined because of a Baptist History and Heritage group. Don't remember how I even knew about it (and shouldn't you be a part of that?). But all that other stuff drives me crazy. I have found it worthwhile, though, for creating an "event" and inviting friends to it.

But the bringing of our dichotomized lives together in one place has a very unique flavor to it. Perhaps it even turns us into "real" people for some who don't know us that way.

Anonymous said...

Don't make me come loosen your ties gentleman. I do like the flairs. I can't get enough of them. What does that say about me? Maybe Bowden could answer. Privately of course. :)

ann clary said...

I agree wholeheartedly.

Chris Poe said...

Dr. Barber,

Good comments. I definitely agree about it "smashing" everything together.

I don't do the applications on FB either.

Anonymous said...

I have a few pictures of you from high school FFA events. Shall I post those? Might even have one of you sleeping in a vehicle while certain people who shall remain anonymous were throwing gum wrappers into your mouth!!