Texting through Facebook
Is social media really that social?
Technology and Social Media are developed to make communicating with each other easier and faster. But have you ever thought about how “anti-social” it actually makes us?
One of the features that Facebook offers nowadays is the Facebook SMS, which lets users interact with the website through text messages. To name one example, when it’s the birthday of one of the people in your contact list you will receive a text message. This SMS reminds you of their birthday and offers you the possibility to congratulate them as rapid as possible by just replying “1”. Piece of cake right?
But doesn’t that take away the personal touch?
Sceptics will always be there to comment on things that go beyond the ideas that we are used to. When e-mails were found out they probably still preferred an old fashioned letter, or even a pigeon that brings their post. The opportunity is there; Facebook is not forcing you to participate, so you remain the one that’s in control. You can also enter your own message in the text, and let the service post that for you, if you prefer a more personal touch.
Thing is, that sometimes innovations will not be always to your liking. But hey, you are free to choose what you want to use. If you feel more comfortable with sending a postcard, then you should absolutely send that! I think it is very handy for when I don’t have a lot of time on my hands and still want to let my friends know that I think about them. No need to unfriend me, I might not have had enough time to send you an essay of 500 words explaining to you how much I wish you a happy birthday. Alright, maybe I cheat a little because I did not actually remember it myself, but needed to be reminded by a device, so what? At least I don’t forget the 554 birthdays from all my contacts.
It is the future!
Nevertheless, it is part of the future and technology will expand our norms and values, and will exceed our expectations of possibilities eventually. Facebook gives everyone the power to share anything with the people they care about. Facebook SMS from Smart enables everybody to receive and send messages, wall posts, add friends and update status via SMS text messages! There is no need for an internet connection, and added to that, it is also very cheap with its 1 cent per SMS.