oh my goodness, thank you for taking the time to prod so that I actually HAD A LOOK and got my mind around on this a little more. SO COOL. But here’s my question (and forgive me for using you as a human doc instead of doing my homework): What about stuff that’s not blogworthy?
I mean, a ton of what I post is too short, random and/or goofy to be something I’d want to post on my blog. Don’t believe me? Scroll down my Twitter feed – or more to the point, check out my Facebook musings: https://facebook.com/awsamuel And the friends-only stuff is WAY goofier.
Then there is the even more crucial challenge: How do I direct this stuff to the specific communities I care about? A huge proportion of my time on Facebook is within special needs parenting communities, so unless I’m posting and engaging there, I can’t get the feedback I need.
…and now I see that this is @T’s baby! I feel like he and I had some parenthetical convo on FB/YXYY that I now think must have been related to this. But I could be mis-remembering.
What’s interesting to me, looking at the POSSE page, is that it’s dude-tastic. I’ve been mulling on this around wikitribune to. My hypothesis is that social networks offer very different value to women, so we can’t “fix” social networking without thinking about gender & usage.
My prime use case for FB is a case in point: It’s essential to my work as a special needs parent. I know a lot of non-special needs moms who are just as reliant on FB to support their parenting work, informationally, logistically and emotionally.
The closed structure of FB groups is what makes them valuable for many kinds of emotional or family labor. And I’ve yet to see a model of “open” networking that supports that kind of work effectively. I’d love to find one.