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In Spite Of My Well-Documented Issues With The Book of Faces, I’m Braving The People’s Republic Of Facebook

In Spite Of My Well-Documented Issues With The Book of Faces, I’m Braving The People’s Republic Of Facebook

The thing about social media is that you don’t get to decide what the next thing is, or where people are going to go. Even if it’s to something you suspect might be the suckiest thing ever.

Perhaps I’ve mentioned my thoughts on Facebook? Suffice to say I’m not much of a fan of the whole thing, and I don’t really get it. But I know some of you do, and even if I’m not a fan of it, I’m doing everybody a huge disservice by not having some kind of a presence there. I’ve had a regular Facebook profile for a long time, but now I’ve also set up a fan page for ABDPBT so that I can: 1) share blog updates with the people who hang out there; 2) stop annoying friends and family who hang out there who don’t want to read my blog updates on my personal profile; and 3) explore other possibilities for using that technology as it expands for more possibilities for ABDPBT and its audience.

If you want to know how to set up your own facebook fan page, there are various tutorials available by googling. It’s not very difficult to set up the page itself, but once you try to get it to do particular functions, it can be annoying. Facebook is buggy. This is part of the reason I don’t like it. For example, I spent a bunch of time making a graphic so that I could switch the default page from the “Wall” to my own page, which would be a graphic that instructed you to “Like” the page. Except, for some unknown reason, it doesn’t work. But only for some people. You can switch the default landing page on some pages, but not on others, and nobody knows why, and nobody at Facebook has bothered to fix it, despite people complaining about the problem for over a year on the Facebook support forums. That’s just bad, and annoying. That’s the kind of stuff that annoys me about Facebook.

But, having said that, I’m there! I’m giving it a shot. So check it out, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know. I will be eager to hear your suggestions on how to make life in the walled garden more pleasant.

Comments (8)

  1. Sep 29, 2010

    You’re right. Just because we don’t like it, doesn’t mean we should turn away from it. I hate the blog/facebook merger. It’s not enough to just friend my real friends. Now I have to follow all my blogs there too. But just because I think it sucks doesn’t mean it’s going to change. So I guess I’ll suck it up!

  2. Sep 29, 2010

    I will never ever join Facebook. I just wanted to say that here. So it was written down somewhere.

  3. Sep 29, 2010

    No you don’t! If you’re not on Facebook, you don’t have to follow me there, let me be clear: this is more for me to promote my blog on Facebook because there are so many people who ARE pro-Facebook. I don’t see myself being pro-Facebook, ever, unless they were to make so major changes in just about every aspect of everything over there. So, no, don’t worry about it unless there are blogs that are moving over there exclusively. And if there are, that is really dumb on their part, because they are moving away from their traffic revenue, and behind an ungoogleable wall.

  4. Sep 29, 2010

    Now, that is living by your convictions! Of course, SOME of us have not been linked to by every major blogger in this niche and others within the past month.

    Really Ugly Jealous Of What Your Traffic Must Be And Not Hiding It Very Well

  5. Sep 29, 2010

    Oh I love Facebook, just not the fact that all blogs are creating Fan pages there. I just wonder what the line of self-promotion is!!! (and also wonder the number of exclamation points that are enough.)

  6. Sep 30, 2010

    I use the Networked Blogs thing for my blog on Facebook. I hate it, but the people in my niche like it, so whatever.

  7. Sep 30, 2010

    I have been thinking about doing this too. My personal Facebook is a horror to me and I feel tempted to just delete it all and start again, but one to plug the blog where I don’t feel a raging need to care about people’s minutia might be nice. As always, once you have tested the waters I might jump in 🙂

  8. Sep 30, 2010

    I was on there last night and well, my personal facebook is linked to the blog page, and let me just say, what a disaster. I don’t see any other way of doing it, frankly, because I don’t want to have multiple profiles, and my name is already out there. But I’m looking at the Wall on my regular profile, and in between these updates from people I can’t from the life of me remember (I mean I’m sure I could, if I wanted to follow the daisy chain to their profile and their friends and start figuring out who they are), and people who I DO know who are writing things I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THEM, OMG it’s a disaster.

    I think this is another of the generational gaps — people in Generation Y, supposedly, have better relationships with their parents on the whole than previous generations I think. I guess it’s OK for them to be chit chatting in a giant room filled with their entire extended family all of the time?

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