Real talk: Facebook is annoying. Facebook is obnoxious. Facebook kind of sucks. It's no longer what it once was: Drunk pictures and status updates at 3AM from college students living their glory days. It's a collection of baby pictures, "Ermahgerd!!!" wedding and engagement updates, whiny political rants from both sides of the aisle, and general life updates you don't care about from fat people you went to high school with. Yet despite its obsolescence, for some reason we feel opt to stay plugged in to The Social Network because everyone else we know is on it (i.e.: Your co-workers, your grandmother, that guy from sophmore year English class). We don't cut the cord and delete our accounts because in some weird, fucked up way it validates our digital existence to the people we know on a day-to-day basis. Friends. Family. Etc.
Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian offered a brutal yet blissfully simple takedown of Facebook in one sentence. Via The Atlantic:
"Facebook makes me hate the people I know, and Reddit makes me love the people I don't."
In otherwords, interacting with people who aren't your friends online might actually make the world a better place than interacting exclusively with people you know. Game, set, match, Mark Zuckerberg. Twitter and Reddit are lightyears ahead of you in this regard. Ohanian continues:
"The more we can do to expand beyond our friend network, the more we can expand to understand people all over the world we might not necessarily interact with, I want to invest in that."