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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. 12th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
I check FaceBook every few days, but I do cross-post my LJ entries there, in part because not everyone I know (even writers) is on LJ, and partly because I'm maybe a bit lazy about such things. But FaceBook seems to be for everyone, meaning friends, neighbors, daughter's high school classmates, etc., which means a very mixed audience, one that it is harder for me to feel like I'm having a conversation with. In some ways, I prefer Twitter to FaceBook.
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I'd say about 99% of my facebook friends are writers of some sort, maybe even a smidge more.
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Facebook serves a different purpose for me than my blog. It's great for brief updates, and quick comments (much like Twitter) and that's okay for when we just want to keep in touch. But my blog (happens to be Wordpress, but like LiveJournal) allows for more in depth conversations. More thought seems to go into the interaction there. And, while FB and Twitter comments constantly roll along to get lost at the bottom of an ever-changing list, blog comments remain attached to the specific blog, readily available for a response when I'm ready to give it. I think all three meet different needs for different people.
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
More thought seems to go into the interaction there.

I think that's very true, and as you say, facebook, Twitter, and blogs meet different needs.

Thanks for sharing, Carol :)
Dec. 12th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I visit both. In some ways I consider I'm continuing on Facebook for different purposes than those I bring to LiveJournal. Keep in mind, rather than writing my artistic expressions are visual. That flavours my approach to Facebook considerably. Their user agreement when I first investigated stated they claimed the right to use anything posted to their site, for free.

So, despite claims to a change in that policy, I post very few - very few photographs there.

Since I set up the Facebook account using my legal name, which can be found on-line in several places due to my professional license being listed and other Nursing related activities (frankly, hadn't thought an alias might work...) probably half my 'friends' there are Nursing related. The other half predominantly come from an historical re-creation/re-enactment group I belonged to years ago. I'm inactive in that group now, and still, these are people I recall with some fondness so they've been tagged back.

I know that the self-promotion aspects are touted by several other artists I've queried regarding promotion of ones work. I expect if I start doing that, it will be by posting links to the information I'll post in an entry here.
Dec. 12th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Interesting. From what you said about Bernard Cornwell's books the other day, I imagine you were a 'War of Independence' re-enactor, right?

The 'tagged in a photo' facility on facebook is a useful tool for folks sharing pics from that.

As for the self-promotion potential of facebook, I can certainly see the potoential there.

What made you give up the re-enacting, if you don't mind my asking?
(no subject) - madshutterbug - Dec. 12th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 12th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Mostly, Facebook is to stay in touch with people you'd otherwise lose contact with (mostly), a line here and there is enough. LJ is ... more intimate if you can say it that way, closer friendships, just ... more.
I am using Facebook for mostly German (my native language) status updates, a line or two, what I am doing and such. LJ is for the more private things, problems, whatever, mostly in English as there are (contrary to Facebook) people who don't speak German.
Dec. 12th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I must say I'm surprised at how many folks view facebook as a largely (or completely) seperate tool to their blog.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course :)
Dec. 12th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Facebook is Awful; I look at it more than LJ

Facebook for me is a great flooding river of nigh-contentless Internet. If I pay attention to it, I get endless and constantly updating trivia about people, almost all of which is drivel, even if I actually care about the person.

I joined solely because it really is a great tool for authors/artists to broadcast to/connect with people who largely self-select to hear what you have to say. The pool of potential viewers on facebook is way higher than on LJ.

Attempts to have a meaningful conversation largely fail because either 1) the meaningful content is washed away in the stream of Babel or 2) the meaningful content sticks up like a branch caught on the riverbed, and it very quickly acquires so much garbage draped over it that it becomes impossible to continue the conversation.

It does have an easy interface for posting links to videos and other media that LJ does not have, which is both good and bad. The games and apps and privacy stuff with facebook is both maddening and creepy, and it is disturbing that what other people do can compromise my privacy. Yesterday a friend of mine's ex-husband sent me a friend request. I sent my friend an email asking her what relationship with him was at this point and she wanted me to do, because by friending me, he gets partial access to her.

I've found that since getting on facebook, my LJ usage has both decreased and changed. I post more trivial comments on facebook and save longer stuff for LJ.

Dec. 12th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Facebook is Awful; I look at it more than LJ
Facebook for me is a great flooding river of nigh-contentless Internet.

I think that's the best description of facebook I've ever heard :)

Mind you, as you rightly say, it's a great pool of potential readers ;)
Dec. 12th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm between choices 2 & 3. I don't LOVE facebook, but I do like it a little. LJ is much better--BUT!! Case and point, I missed yesterday. Having a bunch of writers on my flist means a LOT of reading!! I can't keep up with LJ unless I check it a couple of times a day at LEAST, and then I feel bad on days like today, where I've been sitting here well over an hour, and still haven't gotten to the end of my list, nor have I commented on more than a few. Ups and downs for both.
Dec. 13th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I don't feel like I might have missed anything if I've not visited facebook for a day or two.
Dec. 12th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I much prefer LiveJournal. It really lets me get to know people. Facebook is useful because it enables me to keep in contact with old friends; I try not to post too often, though, because I have some friends who are rather... spammy, and I don't want to come across that way. I might do a few family-related comments and announcements on story acceptances (not like those happen all that much :p), but that adds up to maybe a few status updates in a week.
Dec. 13th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Personally, I don't care if people post advertisements for themselves and/or their work on their facebook homepage all day long. It's when they send their flist a constant stream of 'event' invites or 'like' suggestions, all which arrive as individual email, that I object.

As you say, that's definitely rather spammy :)
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Facebook grr
I have a Facebook to keep in touch with long distance friends, but now I have such a mix of people on there it's hard to talk to anyone... My friends are young and liberal and my family is... well not so much. I'm kind of a two-face. It's hard with relatives though, especially when they're strong in the faith and I would be up for an intervention if they knew I was a strong doubter.

I kind of just hate feeds like Twitter and Facebook though. There's no reason to constantly update what I'm doing. Taking a shower, washing dishes, eating left overs... Yeah! Really exciting stuff there...

FB has got on my bad side before, because they join up with other companies or make extension services in which one cannot opt out. I'm not on the run, but finding my legal name pop up on sites I didn't sign up for annoys the crap out of me.

I don't care if my aliases get dragged through the mud, even if its for no apparent reason, but not my legal. I'm trying to keep it as clean as I can. Profs at my school are alway going on about reputation and how delicate they are with the Internet and all.
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: Facebook grr
I know what you mean, and I suspect the internet is going to become even more intrusive in the future.
Re: Facebook grr - lavericknine - Dec. 15th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
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