the network for radical unschooling families
I closed my fb page a little more than one month ago. I was finding it was sucking my time and I wasn't "being available" for my children and my husband as much as I wanted to be. Also, we were preparing for a move. I've found I get more out of reading blogs of people I have something in common with. Am I missing something by leaving fb?
"latest and greatest"
I wouldn't even jokingly put it in that category! ;-) It can feel like that since any "news" that appears immediately-- NEWS FLASH! -- seems important. Anything fleeting feels like it needs attention right now -- LIMITED QUANTITIES!
But the medium just isn't suited to thoughtful replies. It appears quickly. It disappears just as quickly.
In defense of facebook, it's a good way for people to get ahold of you. Occasionally I'll be trying to ask someone something (recently I was asking a few friends from college about their experiences with cloth diapers for example) and facebook is the easiest way to do that if it's not someone I keep in contact with regularly so I don't have their number... it's really frusterating when I find out they're one of the people who have decided to shun it. Also most of the things we invite people to we do so through facebook, the few friends we have who aren't on it get left out because we forget they didn't get the same invite as everyone else, then we feel like inconsiderate d-bags and are sad they didn't get to join us.
You're not missing anything but not being hooked to facebook 24/7 but it might be worth it to keep it around and check it once or twice a week.
No, you probably aren't missing much. Depends on what you used it for though. I use it to keep in touch with family. I have family states away and a lot countries away in Albania. If you found it had a negative impact it is probably better you decided to stay away for a bit.
I have a FB page, but I use it for my friends and relatives who live far away mostly. I have never found it very useful as a resource, and I am thinking of closing it, considering all of the privacy issues. I am enjoying my circles at Google+ and I use twitter. There are a few unschooling circles on Google +. I have found a lot of resources through people's twitter posts. Many of the blogs I read post to their twitter to let me know there is a new update.