A Day on the Web

In the morning, I feel like I really want to write something here, even though sometimes my mind is blank. This is one of those days. Basically, it’s for myself — I like the idea of being able to go back here in a few years, and read about what we were up to or what I was thinking about.

Last night, I was thinking a great deal about Facebook and The Web in general. Facebook introduced the new profile page to everyone, which caused a great deal of stir … as usual when they change something. Last time I looked at the comments they had received on that post, there were 4,200 and they all said the same thing: ‘it sucks’.

My thoughts started to wander … over the years I’ve been online, how it has changed … the places we go to. There were a few years when I hardly left Yahoo over a day — I had my email and our blogging community there, news, everything. Personally, I was never into MySpace but millions of people were, and that was their main place — I’m sure they were just as upset over changes there as people are now in Facebook.

Now that I can use Facebook as an email address if I wanted to, I guess I could spend my entire, online time there. I notice, however, that many people haven’t even chosen a user-ID for themselves, so that would make it impossible for them to use the email function when they get it.

What if Facebook were to shut down, all of a sudden?! So what? We move on … there will certainly be a successor.

In the beginning of Facebook … I signed up 2005 … I didn’t like the idea that I had to/was supposed to state my real name. This was before the times when everything was supposed to be so public. People still had screen names. I’m still not really comfortable with it, even though I appreciate that that is the whole concept of Facebook — otherwise no one would be able to find you. Somehow I feel that I’ve allowed myself to be dragged into all this just because everyone else and his dog is there. I honestly don’t care if they were to shut down tomorrow.

Now … I don’t think they will do that just yet.

How much do you trust all these big web companies like Google and Facebook with your stuff? Google could go away too … you never know. Even though it’s a verb LOL. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about having everything in «the cloud» … to have everything stored online. That’s very cool and convenient most of the time and I’m such an insignificant person so I won’t have to worry about being subpoenaed by some authority. It’s easy to get a little paranoid every now and then, though.

There are times when I think perhaps it was better to use a desktop client for my email and only use my server’s address.

Here’s a guy who won’t have to worry about ANY of this stuff. I’m not worrying either … these are just thoughts.

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7 thoughts on “A Day on the Web”

  1. Cute little guy! He has worries of his own, though not in thought. When will he find a next meal? How to survive the winter?
    I love Internet, but I don't use it for storage, except for some work e-mail. I like to keep that online so I can get to it from home and at work. I use the Internet appliances mainly for sharing. Sharing photos, stories, whatever. I use Librarything and Goodreads to share books, but I also write the books I read in a Word-document for myself. Just in case… and to add the spoilers in the books that I can not share publicly, but I would like to read up on at a later time. Internet… a wonderful invention, but I still tread with care.

  2. It's funny to look back and see how fast everything has changed, the way people crowded onto MySpace and now they're on Facebook. I wonder what it will be like in 10 years — or even a couple of years, everything will be different.

    I have given up trying to have a separate internet persona. I'm all over the place. Even though I've tried not to reveal too much personal information, I have so many accounts at so many sites, I suppose anyone could find out a lot if they wanted to… That's the price of participation, I guess. I'm ok with that — as long as they can't get my credit card number!

    1. I, too, have a countless number of accounts … all over the place. When it all started, I never ever signed up with my real name … that didn't start until Facebook came along. When I google my real name I never find ME. There is only one more person with the exact same spelling, and she's some kind of porno artist or whatever so all the hits are for her.

      1. Hee he he.. reading this, I suddenly have a fit of the silly giggles. Of all the people to have the same name as you. Oh dear!

        1. LOL yes, it's hilarious! I even got a few phone calls on my cellphone before, from newspapers… She first appeard on some stupid reality show, like Big Brother or whatever … and there it started! It only got worse. She also breeds pitbull terriers and has a web site about that … so, noone can find me by my real name. Just as well 🙂

        2. LOL yes, it's hilarious! I even got a few phone calls on my cellphone before, from newspapers…
          She first appeard on some stupid reality show, like Big Brother or whatever … and there it started! It only got worse.
          She also breeds pitbull terriers and has a web site about that … so, noone can find me by my real name. Just as well 🙂

  3. Great bluejay!!! I have EVERYTHING set to friends only on FB. Nothing is public. But I still worry. Although in this day and age, someone clever can find anything they want about you. I have one friend that is sooo paranoid. Not much one can do now. I was on Myspace for a while. Hated it. I kept getting hit on by any number of men. Gosh, are they hard up or what. I changed my age to 99 and never got bothered again. I hated it there. I would really FB if it shut down. Too many people there I interact with often.

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