The Things That Connect Us

“Share this chair if you think 1 billion people are on Facebook.”
It’s the kind of update one gets used to when you’re dealing with Facebook for a while.

The social network celebrated 1 billion members with this video, and while it some find it inspiring, the chair metaphor has a more depressing feeling for me, as it represents the state of conformity, of not moving on and being satisfied with the current state of social media.

Because you can be one amongst one billion that uses the cognitive surplus only to share kittens or you can be a part of other forms of participatory culture by writing your own blog, being an editor on Wikipedia or remixing from the Creative Commons.

Stand up from the chair, leave the walled garden, and find all the other things that are much better than Facebook at connecting people.