When people were grumbling about certain changes in Facebook, I decided to come to its defense by posting, “I love Facebook!” A friend thought that I was just doing some positive thinking. I wasn’t. I really love Facebook.
Of course there are things that you can criticize about Facebook like privacy concerns, filtering concerns, etc. I am not saying that these things don’t matter. I understand that Facebook has its pros and cons, but as of right now, I want to give it its due and celebrate the good side of Facebook.
1. It can be an awesome learning tool
I am lucky that I have smart friends and family members who post really interesting stuff. Everyday, I try to read at least one. Lots of topics interest me, so I often pin or blink the interesting articles for later whenever I don’t have the time to read it right away. I get updates from pages such as Al Jazeera, Slate, Huffington Post, Newser, The Economist, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Guardian, Ted Talks, Brain Pickings, etc. I tried to do this on twitter, but I got bored. In Facebook, I am entertained by the pretty pictures and stuff, so I prefer browsing my Facebook newsfeed as opposed to my Twitter timeline.
2. I can connect with friends and family members wherever they are
Like a typical Filipino family, The Seradel Cruz Clan (Serafin is my lolo and Adelaida is my lola) is scattered around the world. I have family members in the U.S., Austria, Netherlands, and a cousin who is currently roaming the entire South America. Its always nice to get updates about their lives through Facebook.
I also love that I can just say hi to my friends whether they are in Mindanao, the U.S., etc.
Facebook also lets me connect with old friends. It’s always fun when someone posts an old picture, and you’re like Aww…we look so young.
3. It helps me think positively.
4. I love its crowdsourcing powers
When I want to know something, I ask my friends on Facebook. Although sometimes, some people just comment Google it. Facebook also helps me when I’m writing something. For example, when I was writing my post Playing Around the Coffin, I wanted to include details like the candies that were usually found in a typical Filipino wake, so I posted a question on Facebook and many replied.
5. It acts as a collection of sites I love
I like that I have all my favorite links in one place (although I am thinking of starting a link blog too).
Check out my other posts about techie stuff:
- Wishing for a New Techie Invention: E-Ink and LCD Tablet Hybrid
- New Invention: Watching 3D Without Glasses
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