[Fascinating. I've been prediciting the death knell for FB for a few years now so I'm not all that surprised by this. And this, in and of itself, doesn't ring that bell. What is interesting to think about is what kind of connections can we make digitally that will lead to the same sort of feelings we get from "in person" ones.]
She was Facebook’s 51st employee and became Mark Zuckerberg’s ghostwriter. But Katherine Losse came to question how technology burrows into our lives.
Not long after Katherine Losse left her Silicon Valley career and moved to this West Texas town for its artsy vibe and crisp desert air, she decided to make friends the old-fashioned way, in person. So she went to her Facebook page and, with a series of keystrokes, shut it off.
The move carried extra import because Losse had been the social network’s 51st employee and rose to become founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal ghostwriter. But Losse gradually soured on the revolution in human relations she witnessed from within.
The explosion of social media, she believed, left hundreds of millions of users with connections that were more plentiful but also narrower and less satisfying, with intimacy losing out to efficiency. It was time, Losse thought, for people to renegotiate their relationships with technology.