Now Facebook-equipped, I can catch up on the lives of friends around the world by looking at status changes. I can keep them similarly informed. I have a news feed that tells me how their lives have changed. Except that most of my friends are not on Facebook, and about half the friends list is not active. And then there is the problem of what one posts to Facebook.
It is basically a parade of the trivial. I have friends, family, and co-workers on my friends list. While this lets you keep up with everyone, it also limits you to saying things you want heard by friends, family, and co-workers. And whatever teachers from high school friended you. That, combined with the usual Twitter feeds, gives you a lot of information about what sandwiches people are eating and ensuing effects, but not so much about their personal crises. (Oddly, many of those go on blogs that anyone can view, not just your friends list, under a thin veneer of anonymity.) If your innermost thoughts cannot be summarized in 140 characters, or if you might not want your niece to have access to them, this one-to-many communication thing may not be terribly helpful.
If you do want to post about important things, there will be a time lag. You probably will not post mid-catastrophe. Maybe you will text an update while on the way to the delivery room, and I know our current 20-somethings do at times, but you see variants of “Zubon is glad *that* is over.” You can get context in the comments, where you will discover that it was a passive-aggressive status update, not a house fire. I like my stream of updates, even if I am not terribly concerned about the latest reality shows that people seem to be watching.
And Bildo is on my friends list now, so I must watch what I say about all of you.