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I’ve never been a huge fan of Facebook, once I got over the initial curiosity and connected with a few friends. I really don’t care that much about what people I haven’t seen for more than 30 years are doing with their spare time. Some of whom I barely knew 30 years ago.
There’s no question that Facebook is valuable for some businesses, IF a large part of their market uses it. I have clients, such as Zooniversity, for whom being in front of their market on Facebook is very important. But that’s not the case with my business. If you’re a client of mine and Facebook is important to your business, I’ll see that your website supports and promotes your Facebook page. Other than that, I’m done with Facebook.
Frankly, when someone from high school whose name I barely recall—who I’m sure I didn’t know well enough to say “Hi” to in the hall—wants to “friend” me, and four other people from high school (none of whom I was close to) send messages recommending that I friend this person, I’m starting to feel just a little intruded upon. I know, I can adjust my privacy settings. But every time I look at the settings panel, I surrender to an overwhelming desire to go get a beer instead. Each and every time that happens, I feel like I’ve made the right choice.
There was a time when I tried to look people up on Facebook. That stopped when so many of the people I found turned out to be fans of Sarah Palin, or into doing some kind of “Farmworld” thingy, or just plain telling me more than I wanted to know. And everyone looked so old! There’s a reason I left my hometown, I’ve decided.
There’s actually a term for what I’m experiencing: social media fatigue (google it and you’ll find a lot of material). As far as I can tell, the term has been used for at least 2 years. But I think more and more people are starting to tire of being so connected, and feeling compelled to participate. Social media can be valuable and rewarding, but you have to be selective about how and where (and if) you participate. After careful evaluation (and a beer), it’s “so long, Facebook” for me.
So, if anyone from my distant past, recent past, or even immediate future wants to connect with me, just send me an email. But please, don’t tell me you’re a Sarah Palin fan.