It's a question I've thought about it for awhile, in light of several people I know on Facebook who use the platform to share the most intimate details of their lives. Many of these users express how depression and negativity is hurting them at that particular moment. I can't guess their motivations, but these posts elicit sympathy, pity, comfort, camaraderie and the kind of communal hug I don't see on any other website.
So what would happen to our relationships and our online community if Facebook suddenly went RIP? Or got hacked and we lost all our connections to each other via our Friends lists. I'm curious to see where we would go to share what matters to us most, to offer a consoling comment. On Twitter? In person?
I don't have an answer for this question, but instead I'd like to learn from you what connection you have with Facebook that would be severed if the social network suddenly went all Friendster. What would you lose? Or would you gain a newfound sense of freedom and interact with your true friends IRL?
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