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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 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.
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I get way fewer requests than I used to--I blocked as many games as I could and for a while it was like swatting flies, but it's eased off lately. I guess I'm between development cycles!

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