My sentiment about irrelevance of facebook to the really strong links in my life is echoed by many, and Eran Hammer-Lahav really nails it in this article “All these brilliant people at facebook make me sad”:
Facebook doesn’t provide me with anything useful. When it comes to staying connected to the people I care about, they either live with me, I talk to them on the phone weekly, or have an annual dinner when I visit Israel or New York. This is just enough for me. There is a reason why I am not in touch with people from high school, the army, or film school. We all moved on, became different people, changed context, and lost the common thread that united us at the time. My personal Facebook experience of finding long lost friends is mostly a short awkward exchange followed by a one sided stream of useless information.
Read full article here http://hueniverse.com/2010/11/all-these-brilliant-people-at-facebook-make-me-sad/