Adam Frieberg
Minister, Computer Programmer, Geographer, Photographer

captures, reflections, sketches of and about images Even though Adam lacks classical training, he tries to pay attention an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Adam serves the church and the world, experimenting with non-traditional models of ministry "didn't I already solve this once?"
the reminders of frontend (JS/TS), backend (C#), database (T-SQL)
issues and how Adam has solved them
August - November 2014
Adam and Heidi go across the U.S. on trains, retreat at monasteries,
and live in Jerusalem and Rome. Attempting to be "guests" for the entirety.
Discovering new ways of looking at humans' relationships with each other and their spaces

I tried something for Lent: to take on Facebook again.

Two years ago, I'd given up Facebook for Lent ... and I immediately noticed I wasn't focused on the world as much as I had been. I wasn't constantly worried and constantly focused on others. I was taking time to work on myself.

This year, I decided it would be good for me to get back on it. It would be good for me to take time each day to focus on others and their needs.

So on Ash Wednesday, I tried to get on it again. I tried to give it another chance.

I lasted 10 minutes.

Deactivating my account again felt like an instant breath of fresh air.

I've been trying to figure out why.
  • It's not the user interface. Even though I prefer Google+ and its cleanliness and transparency of what's being shared to whom (seriously ... the "View Profile As" dropdown that lets you see yourself as others would see you ... is phenomenal!) Still, Facebook has gone leaps and bounds in making their user interface better.
  • It's not the content. I follow many of the same people on the other networks as I do on Facebook. They post the same links to their blogs on those as they do on Facebook. I see some of the same memes on Facebook as I see on Twitter and Pinterest.
  • It's not the rigid content types of Facebook. I get my creative kicks from Adobe Lightroom and other software. I don't need my social network to be flexible enough to let me be "creative" on it.
Facebook doesn't offer memuch.

I am grateful, however, for what it does offer to the world. It pushes humans closer together - for better and worse. It gives a fairly large megaphone for the public to keep institutions accountable or at least under pressure. And perhaps, most importantly: it pushes the internet forward with an emphasis on global connectivity.

Facebook has made it a priority to make their software almost leave no user behind. Their focus on making their software work in the "developing world" and its prior generations of Android and other operating systems ... has to be maddening for developers, but life-saving for its users. For more of this, listen starting around minute 43 of the podcast at http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=3119

I realize Facebook isn't for me -- but I'm so grateful for what it does.