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Dear LJ,

Yes, it's not that hard to figure out I'm me on LJ. Yes, I use the same pics for my avatar here and on Facebook. But here's the thing: I like keeping Facebook and LiveJournal separate. Honestly- why is this such an insane concept anymore? LiveJournal is my geek playground. Facebook is my RL stuff. Please get rid of this feature NOW.

No love,

(I will get around to patching in the grease monkey code. I probably won't bother to move to DW, unless it seems like the BSG fandom is making a mass exodus, simply because I'm lazy. However, I'll join the chorus of saying I'd rather not find myself being linked to on Facebook or Twitter, with the exception of fic comments, because hey- yes, I like having my fics read :) I lock what I want locked, so if you're on my flist, please use your head if I've got something locked. Although my guess is the people on your Facebook or Twitter account won't really care about reading your comments to me on one of my locked posts ;) )

I think my biggest objection to this move is not the lack of privacy- I mean, this is the internet, after all. But it's the implication that everyone needs to know our every move. This is why I have held out on having a cell phone (well, a "real" one. Right now I've got a very minimal plan). There are a few people who need to know where I am at certain times; my boys' teachers, babysitters, maybe my husband. And I'm not going to deny there are benefits. But really- why does someone have to get in touch with me THAT MINUTE for some trivial reason when I'm in the middle of whatever I'm doing? I will call when I am done, thanks.

But I am not important enough- or interesting enough- that people need to know every detail of my life. I don't have much of a crossover between FB and LJ because frankly, most of the people on FB aren't interested in what I have to say here. Well, maybe when I post in detail about my kids, some of them might be.

Now, granted, I'm not everyone. This is also where I write my fanfic, and yeah, that's not something I advertise that I write. (Although if more people understood why, I would. But to be fair, I get the same sort of looks when I talk about writing sci-fi in general.) But I'm not so much embarrassed by it (well, maybe a little) as I am thinking that most of my circle has no interest whatsoever in reading it. So why bore them with it? I like having separate worlds. And I can understand why other people don't. But I just really resent this pressure- societal, corporate, whatever- to put EVERYTHING on line and linked to, so everyone knows what you're doing every minute of the day. If people want to, great, but if they don't, that should be easy enough, too.

I'm sounding like my old boss, who reminded me of Calvin's dad in terms of technology. Next thing you know, I'll be saying we should go back to a hammer and chisel.

Ah, well. Mom's reading, so maybe I can get a little writing done.

Date: 2010-09-01 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekbynight.livejournal.com
May I co-sign this entire entry? You summed up my thoughts exactly.

Date: 2010-09-01 08:05 pm (UTC)
ext_72247: Cavil from BSG (Default)
From: [identity profile] grey-sw.livejournal.com
This is one of those "features" that causes more consternation than anything else. Who thought it was too difficult to cut-n-paste a link to your own comment into your own facebook?

I guess I don't care too much -- I keep my fannish stuff entirely separate from my non-fannish stuff, much less my real name, so I doubt facebook will know I'm me (though it does seem to have magical powers in this regard). It is annoying, though.

Date: 2010-09-01 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plaid-slytherin.livejournal.com
though it does seem to have magical powers in this regard

I've started logging in to use it and then logging out after I finish. It's freaky to go to some article on some site and have it say "Hi, PS! Would you like to leave a comment?"

Date: 2010-09-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
ext_72247: Cavil from BSG (Default)
From: [identity profile] grey-sw.livejournal.com
I've always had a facebook with an internet name, fake birthday, etc. The only thing that was real was my school info. My boss wanted me to get a facebook account with my real name on it for work use, so I did so... and it immediately recommended most of my other account's friends, including people who probably don't even know my real name.


Date: 2010-09-01 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plaid-slytherin.livejournal.com
It bugs me more on principle than it does in actual practice, simply because my FB account is my fandom identity, too - I don't have one "IRL." So the people THERE already know all about the fic. Same with Twitter. However, I hate the idea of linking all these things just because. So I definitely won't be doing that. I'm even backing away from Facebook in general, just because it's giving me the heebie-jeebies, even though it's not my real name. I like living in separate worlds, too.

And like you say, it's mostly because fic itself is hard to explain. I found out the other day my mother thinks it's all supposed to be parody/humor, which surprised me, especially since she knows the general (minus the slash) plot of my big bang. She thought I wrote a humor story about terrorism? O_o

Date: 2010-09-01 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millari.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm old. Explain why this FB thing might effect me? I'm befuddled. I have a FB account that I kind of started with the SO under protest. I hate FB. It makes me feel like a technophobe granny, it's so overwhelming in all the flowers and dinosaur gifts and scrabble games and polls and gah. I find their interface extremely non-intuitive and off-putting. And now you say I have to worry about my LJ posts turning up on it? How's that? I really don't want my LJ stuff turning up on FB either. I hear you on that one.

Date: 2010-09-02 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobbit-kate.livejournal.com
I agree with all of the above.

It's even worse when you consider there's people out there who don't even realise they're sharing everything with everyone...


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