January 26, 2009

I'm Not on Facebook, I Don't Use MSN IM
Bornova, Turkey

There seems to be a supreme lack of understanding that wireless Internet is not as commonplace (or is absent altogether) in the rest of the world. I commonly get asked why I'm not on Facebook and why I don't use MSN instant messenger. The answers to those questions are often times as simple as the payment for each and every minute of time that I use in an Internet café.

Time is money, and I've certainly got better things to do with my time and my money than embed videos in the comments section of my peer's profile pages and idly chat away. If that's your thing, cool. No worries. There's hundreds of millions of you out there on broadband Internet connections looking for stimulation, entertainment and dialog (some 150 million on Facebook alone).

But I'm not in an office; I'm on the streets of foreign countries. I'm breathing stimulation, entertainment and dialog daily, without the need of an Internet connection. It's a tool—a wonderful, fantastic communication and research tool that I get around to using every day. But you won't catch me on anything but Skype, and you certainly won't see me on Facebook.

That's just how it is, and that's just how it's gonna be—regardless of the availability of 'free' Internet in this region of the world. My stance has been solidified too long in regions of the world where you keep your Internet time to a minimum.

( video: FaceBook In Reality )

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