When I first signed on, Facebook reunited me with a number of my high school classmates. The social site gave me exactly what I wanted to know - without having to drive to my hometown and spend actual time with anyone. Facebook also made sharing photos with relatives a piece of cake. No more emailing one photo at a time, a real chore when you just took 125 on vacation.
Oh, sure, some of my FB friends spent enormous periods of time in Farmville, but eventually I got that blocked. I kept FB pretty much social; I did not friend anyone I didn't consider a friend on some level.
Last week FB announced all sorts of changes. I have not embraced them yet. Truth be told, the whole thing angered me. Today, a post over at Mashable said what I had not yet put my finger on:
The old FB presented a fairly simple interface that even my parents could navigate. These new bells and whistles just seem like overkill.
It's like when I want to turn the TV off, and I cannot find the remote. I realize at that moment that the set has no visible on/off switch.
That ends my rant. Now we can consider something uplifting, like a donation to DonorsChoose (click the widget in the right column). My giving page includes a variety of science and math needs across the country. Any amount, no matter how small, helps.
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