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What's your take on facebook?

Every now and then, someone asks me why I don’t post more on my facebook page. I guess it’s because Live Journal’s so much more fun.

Most days, I drop in on facebook for a couple of minutes to make a couple of comments on other people’s posts, but aside from announcing my Friday links list, I really don’t use it too much.

That’s not to say I don’t think it’s worthwhile, but I much prefer the slower pace of a more traditional (if that’s the right word) blog, like the ones you find here on LJ. 

It’s true that a lot more people seem willing to connect on facebook than here on Live Journal. Every week I get about a dozen or so facebook friend requests, most of which are from people I don’t know. I’m happy to make new acquaintances and I almost always accept (once I’ve checked whether they’re a real person).

Sadly though, all too often that new friend immediately posts a link on my wall, touting his/her latest book or event without so much as a ‘By your leave’. I’m all for networking, but to me that’s not networking, that’s being a jerk. No better than turning up at a writing group for the first time and handing out bookmarks promoting your book.

It’s the same with facebook messages – the ones which get sent as an email. I’m quite happy to get announcements from people I already know (so long as they don’t overdo it), but sending a blanket email to someone you found through a mutual acquaintance on facebook is spamming, pure and simple.

Then again, maybe I’m just old-fashioned.

Sure, writing a 400-500 word blog post takes up more of your time than slapping down a thought of the day on facebook, but the resulting interactions with folks who stop by to read it are so much more personal (and if you ask me a heck of a lot more fun).

That’s why, useful as it is, and glad as I am to have friends there, I don’t post more often on facebook.

How about you?

What’s your take on facebook?

Poll #1655667 What's your take on facebook?

What's your take on facebook?

I prefer facebook to blogging because…(see comments)
I love my facebook account, but LJ’s more fun.
Yeah, I have an account there too, but I hardly ever log on.
Facebook, shmacebook. I can’t be bothered with it.
Something else, which I’ll explain in the comments.

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Dec. 11th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
What I like about Facebook is that I can keep in touch with people who are not on LJ, as well as post short snippets or links quickly. I also like getting to know a different side of people from what they post on LJ (or other blogs).

I agree with you on the self-promotion front. I find it annoying (and presumptuous) when that's all someone posts. The same goes for LJ and Twitter. They get dropped like a hot potato.
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
It's so counter-productive, I don't know why people do it.
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I've heard enough bad things about Facebook that I'm just not interested. I mean, I hear vague good things like "it's great to keep in touch with people!" while the bad things are specific, like "the company doesn't believe in online privacy although they will pretend and give you the illusion of it, to ensure you experience the worst of both worlds". o.O

I've thought about getting an account there so I can look for some old friends I haven't heard from in years, but meh.

I have a Twitter account, and it's okay, but I prefer long blog posts to short ones, and I like commenting on LJ better.
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I only have FB to keep in touch with people I know
who can't be bothered with LJ.

You're not missing anything,
and if you can't find those friends anywhere else,
well... absence makes the heart grow founder.
Or something like that.
(no subject) - jongibbs - Dec. 11th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this one, Jon.
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Almost all of my facebook friends are writers of some sort or other, which is why I post a link to my Friday picks of the week and the occasional link/promo, but LJ's so much more 'real' to me, if that makes sense.
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
i have a fake account there (in my late cat's name) b/c some catteries use it to post kitten pix, and i like seeing kitten pix. i've also friended like two people i know in real life, and a few other pages (musicians, politicians) whose announcements i'm curious about.

but me? i have not much to say there. as opposed to here, where i talk nonstop :)
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I have a fake account there (in my late cat's name)

So you're 'Little Miss Curtain Shredder' ;)
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I like LJ better. I like the interaction and the ability to really find out more about people. Facebook is good for me to connect with friends and family not on FB and also friend some other writers not on LJ. It's also good for getting announcements from places and not have to clog up my email inbox.

However, I am shocked that people friend other people and then ADVERTISE ON THEIR WALL about their book. Even if I had a book out, that to me, is ballsy, if I may say so. I can see announcing it on MY feed but the other is just unacceptable. One thing about twitter is that a few people friended me and then all i see is constant ads for their books. And I mean constant.
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
It's weird, because all I have to do is delete the email and move on, but I confess it bugs me.

Dec. 11th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I hate Facebook, its security problems, its too many games, and the rl touchy-feeliness it tends to have, and the fact they don't let me be knittingknots over there. I do have an account, and can keep up with my family and a few friends there, but really all I use it for any more is to keep up with the people who do use it more seriously, and to play bejeweled blitz, which I play when I have trouble sleeping...

I actually do want some separation from my online self and my real life self and really prefer LJ a whole lot more.
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing games advertized, and occasionally someone 'gifts' me something towards a farm, but I've not yet played any of them.
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Dec. 11th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
I still don't have a cell phone,
and I don't even watch PBS anymore,
let alone commercial television.
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Dec. 11th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
The two are very different venues.
While I wouldn't say that FB is shallower,
I would hint at that rather strongly
by saying that LJ has considerably more depth.
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I think it's partly down to the personal touch we can add to our home page here. That and the fact that when you post something you don't feel like you've stepped ut into a busy street.

Mind you, that might just be because I'm old :(
(no subject) - msstacy13 - Dec. 11th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
I like Facebook for its ability to stay in contact with RL friends and new young librarians. I use the "hide" feature on people who spam me about their book or their cause or whatever. I like the way "events" can make sure I don't miss CD release parties by local bands.

But I prefer LJ because I am more of a blogger at heart. FB let's me stay in touch with friends who aren't.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think the 'events' thing is great, providing it's from someone I know, but I get a lot of emails about book releases/book signing events from folks who I've had zero contact with since accepting their friend request, which I'm not too happy about.
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Dec. 11th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
I like FB as a quick way to keep in touch with my family and friends, and LJ for longer thoughts.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Some folks make medium length posts (100-200 words) on facebook, but I'd say that's the exception rather than the rule. I guess they both have their uses.
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Dec. 11th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have a face book and a twitter account and I guess I used them in proportion the the size I can post. Which means I only use twitter very infrequently and usually when I have penned an insulting ditty I wish to share about my internet provider, who also haunts there. I also had creeps trying to sell sex toys attempting to friend me on that site. And yes, I reported them.

Face book is also restrictive. I want to say something and then find I have too many words. Aside from that I have been 'found' by family and non writer friends, which alters the content of what I post there. I also find there are too many games and I got very tired of people playing Farmville requesting that I do something for their wretched cyber farm. It has eased off since I reposted that message someone wrote that said 'if you send my another Farmville request I will kill all your animals and poison your crops'. As for privacy, I have gone into my profile and secured just about everything I can nail down. This is an option that they don't choose to share with people.

LJ is my prefered space. My writing friends are here and I can post whatever I want to say. It feels right here.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
There's a lot more regular-type spam on facebook and Twitter, that's for sure.
(no subject) - coneycat - Dec. 11th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I have no intention of doing Facebook or Twitter. Don't feel the need to promote that much yet. Although sometimes I'm curious to see what my kids are up to, I'm not curious enough to sign up. I don't need another big time waster to drag me away from things I *should* be doing.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
My son's on facebook too, but there's no way he's friending me! :)
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way you do. I mainly got a facebook account to keep up with the activities of alumni from my university, because I update our department webpage. Beyond that, I don't use it much.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I think it's a useful tool, but some folks do misuse it.
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I agree with you 100 percent - I find facebook a bit annoying, actually, and far prefer the human interaction on livejournal. But both have their place. For some reason, the high school and college kids I know are more likely to use facebook - and sometimes for rather long posts. But you don't have the private feel that you have here on livejournal. Twitter, on the other hand, is actually useful, though I read a lot more than I post there.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
I have Twitter too. I don't dislike fb or twitter, but I do prefer Live Journal :)
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I love LiveJournal, but I also really like facebook. I haven't had the experiences you have on facebook. Most of the people I friend or friend request me seem to be through dog networks or horse networks or just people I know. I get some writers but but they are mostly like me, just trying to get started, or only partially established.

I am getting better at blogging, but I kind of like dashing out a quick little note on twitter, having it cross post to FB and having quick little chats with people on twitter/FB. It's fun.

I think I like both quite well. I get more interaction on twitter/fb though.

(Oh and I don't let fb send me emails)
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously thinking of stopping my facebook emails :(
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