I have some questions. I need some feedback. I’m sharing some info.
I’m sure by now everyone is tired of hearing me bitch about Facebook. Remember when they won the Douchebag Of the Week Award? It was only the second time I’d ever handed out that award, and they were so deserving. They are even more deserving now.
Facebook has always been my number one social media source. Personally, I find twitter to be confusing. Although I have an account there, I rarely log in. Someone once explained it to me as “yelling into a dark room.” You have no idea who, if anyone, will hear you.
Pinterest used to be a fun time waster. I still have an account there too, but rarely do I sit and browse through what people are pinning. Last time I did have a chance, I got distracted rather quickly and moved on to other things. I get distracted easily.
Then there’s Google +, which has been said to be up and coming, but doesn’t make much sense to me either. I’ve heard it was going to be much better than Facebook, but it doesn’t seem like it is. Does anyone actually use Google +?
There are two sides of Facebook for me. First, there’s my Bitch & Whine page. Usually, I only share links to my blog posts. I figure that is probably why people liked the page – just as a way to get notified when there’s a new post. Sometimes I will share other articles or pictures I enjoy. Sometimes I’ll even have good conversations in the comments section under a post. Love it when that happens.
The problem with my Bitch & Whine Facebook page is that Facebook is a stingy bastard that only shows stuff to about 10% of the people who like that page. Even though I don’t like it, I’ve come to terms with it.
A while ago I read an article by Forbes, that while talking about Facebook’s organic reach said, “And the unofficial advice from Facebook sources to community managers noted in the report? Expect it to approach zero in the foreseeable future.”
0%? So, people decided to like my page on Facebook and Facebook decides they are going to show my posts to 0% of those people…unless…I pay. That would be paid reach instead of organic reach. That would take some Benjamins.
The problem here is I don’t have the money to pay. My blog earns $0. Ha! Yep, I just do this for the fun of it, and believe me, it IS a lot of fun. But, I can’t pay Facebook to let random people know I posted a new blog post.
I just read this article on Slate that says if the word Congratulations is in the comments more people will see the post. Not sure if this is just for personal posts or for pages too, but if anyone ever wants to congratulate me on Facebook for making it to Wednesday or any other nonsense, I’ll take it.
The other side of me and Facebook is my personal page. Lately I’ve been getting a little bored with it. Honestly, do I care how all my friends did on the “what is your patrones” buzz feed quiz? Does it matter “what US president are you”? Maybe it’s just my friends, but we use Facebook as a way to complain about being sick, the bad winter much of the country had, and to tell everyone we took our kids to the park.
Some people feel like they need to share every time they go to the gym or that they are at McDonalds for the 4th time this week. I think my life would be complete without that knowledge. I’m guilty, too. I share many of my blog posts.
Do you ever kinda feel over it?
Our Facebook friends…I have friends from high school that I haven’t talked to in 20 years – not even comments back and forth on Facebook. I have family that I haven’t even interacted with on Facebook or in real life for a year or more. Does that make me a stalker? I see everything they post, everywhere they check in, but the lack of interaction is kinda stalker-ish, right? Maybe I should have a 6 month rule…if someone doesn’t at least like one of my posts over the course of 6 months, they probably are just spying. And if I can’t comment or like someone’s post, it kinda shows I’m just a spy too, right?
I’m not thinking of deleting my Facebook account and boycotting it altogether. I mean, there are several people I do keep in touch with, chat with, send messages to and I love seeing what’s going on. Many of them live way too far away to see regularly, but Facebook is a good tool in keeping in touch with them. People often times will send me articles via Facebook. I love that.
There is one more option with Facebook. Follow. You can follow people. If you follow me, this supposedly makes it so you will see everything I share publicly. So, as long as I share my blog posts there, it will show up in your news feed. But if I share a post about the funny thing my kid said last night and forget to switch it from public to private, you’d see that too. Let’s be real…I am forgetful sometimes.
On top of it all, Facebook keeps making changes. I never hear anyone saying they love the changes that are made. Is everyone feeling sick of the changes? Was Facebook kind of a phase, and the phase is coming to an end? Perhaps I’m one of the only one’s who are having these feelings?
Here are my questions:
What forms of social media do you use?
Are there any I should check out?
How would you like to be notified about my new posts?
Do you ever feel “over it” altogether, or do you love it?
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