Now let's look at free software. Starts with the words "I want a free thing which solves this specific problem" It could be CRM, Finance, Security, It does not matter, the problem is we often look at open source software as being fantastic because it is free.
It's important to understand that open source and free are two different concepts. It's true, much open source is free, but the two are totally different concepts. One is about access to code, one is about cost. People who believe in access to code often also believe in free, but that those two things often overlap for humans is just that they have a tendency to be shared ideals, not that they are related. Like people who like fast cars often also like comfy cars. The two aren't related, but we aren't surprised to find the two together.
I use Facebook as a way to keep in touch with family and friends who don’t live close to me. I use FB Messenger to talk to my wife throughout the work day. If I wasn’t in IT I doubt I’d have a phone with internet. I’d prefer to be disconnected from the world. I’d rather be on my boat fishing all day.
I was doing that (family and stuff), but honestly, it seems like if people don't move to something else to talk to, not a big deal.
15 years ago, before Facebook - what did you use to keep in contact with your family? I don't know about you - buy my answer was - oh yeah - nothing. We didn't stay in contact and we didn't feel like we were missing anything - otherwise we would have found a way to stay in contact.
15 Years ago? Ha... We were using Skype and IRC.
Edit: The old man still runs his own IRC server for like 5 friends.
ICU? MSN Messenger? AIM?
Heh, there are some vague memories in there of those in the latter part of the 1990s early 2000s.
Most of my family didn't have internet until the mid to late 2000's. Even then, didn't use it much until smartphones and tablets. Chat is something my family has never used. by family I mean -my mom/dad/brothers.
The biggest way we still communicate is either SMS or a phone call.
I've been online since the mid 90's.
SMS seems to be one of the better ones. I've been texting my brothers-in-law back and forth quite a bit over the last few years. We've become quite good friends.
I tend a mail list for family members with regular postings of pictures and events that are happening in our family life such as home school and extra curricular stuff. They generate a fair amount of e-mail exchanges and a few phone calls here and there.
Effort. Just like a garden family takes effort. FB is much too much like, "I can feel really good about myself keeping family in touch" without ever reaching out to them to talk to them ... to show interest in their lives.
It can, that's for sure - but email is a horrible way to have a conversation. Just like these forums aren't what I consider great for conversation. That's because they aren't meant for short super fast exchanges. A conversation (i.e. talking) is a group going back and forth at a good clip. While that sometimes happens here, the problem with forums is that it's so difficult to keep up at times. In the time I made this post, it's possible 5 people have posted... I go to read those 5 posts, and another 30 posts are up and I've forgotten what I wanted to add about the first 5 posts, etc.
The short quick replies like you see in FB comments definitely seems more engaging for actual conversation - than that flame wars still don't break out all the time all over the place.