What Is the Real Purpose of Facebook? WIIFM? (What’s in it for me?)
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I’ve been asking this question of myself for quite some time. I’m told over and over again by social media experts that I need to be on Facebook.
Okay, so I’m on Facebook. I have 581 friends. Do I know them all? No, I sure don’t. Some are actual friends and relatives while some are authors and others are from the publishing industry or associates in some form. But, there are some I don’t know who they are. I think they are people that asked to be my friend, and being the nice person I want to be I accepted them as friends. I also noticed I lost some “friends” because I complained of getting tweets, from the same person,that go to Facebook on an hourly basis. At least I think that’s what happened. Or, maybe they just didn’t want me to be their friend anymore.
These are my random observations:
Because I have 581 on my list I get to see over 2500 posts per day. These range anything from receiving an Easter egg, to a quote, to wanting me to join some online thing I don’t even know what it is (like Farmville,) to tips on how I can promote my book, to someone wanting me to buy their book, to someone wanting me to buy my book, to someone wanting me to buy their book …to…the list goes on. (Yes, I know, I repeated it 3 times!)
I do have a side-bar on my computer screen that puts up the posts as they come up so I don’t have to go to the Facebook page every hour, I can just glance over and if it interests me I can go to Facebook and read more or make a comment. (The good to this is my neck gets a workout.) But, every time I do go to Facebook I have 300+ “most recent” posts. There is no way I have the time to read everyone of those.
I can tweak my Facebook account so that I don’t get that “Farmville” stuff or finding out what color my ear is…oh, maybe it’s aura…well, whatever it is… but every day someone comes up with a new one and there it is, front row and center.
Because Facebook limits the number of friends you can have, we do have an option of being a “fan” of someone. I’m not quite sure about this “fan” thing yet or what the purpose of it is. Maybe it’s to declutter.
Some people use Facebook to trash the establishment, trash the government, trash anything that doesn’t conform to their beliefs. At the same time, they try to convince us of their beliefs. They use Facebook as their platform.
Some people have all their Twitter posts go to Facebook. Haven’t got a clue why I need to see a post simply as: ok.
The puzzling thing for me is why don’t some people put their photo on Facebook? I just don’t get replacing myself with a bag of peanuts.
So, here I am in the mish-mash of Facebook and wondering what it has done for me. That wiifm question. I have more random observations:
It’s great to keep up with relatives and reconnect with them. It’s nice to have school-buddies on my list and keep up with what they are doing rather than waiting to find out at the high school reunion.
I’ve been posting links to articles that I post on my personal blog. I do have a few people that will occasionally comment and I know some read the articles every time because I see the stats. But, I average about 1% of my friend list. That’s pretty darn low for the effort I put in especially if I was relying on getting a following through Facebook only.
I write weekly articles about topics in the publishing industry and my tweet announcement ends up on Facebook. Again, very few of my “author/publisher/publicist friends” link to the blog to read it. Those that do, I truly appreciate it. But it’s obvious many” friends” I have on my list aren’t interested in my articles, especially if they are in the same industry, but, that’s okay, because I rarely click on links of those that post anyway. This makes the “two-way street” scenario a reality.
It’s fun to text through Facebook with my grandkids. I’m told by them they rarely use email and all communication is done on Facebook. I feel like I’m really “kewel” when I can fb with them.
I haven’t sold one book on Facebook, but I haven’t tried either. Personally, I think it’s tacky trying to convince my “friends” to buy my book. Those that know I’ve written a book know where to find it if they really want to read it. My friends aren’t my target audience. Besides, I don’t want to feel obligated to go to their plastic bowl parties just because they bought my book.
And, oh all those invitations to events. I once had an “event” I posted on Facebook. Funny thing…none of those that invite me to their event showed up. I believe in reciprocation.
I’m not about to use Facebook as my platform for bashing anyone or anything. My beliefs are my beliefs and I think it’s unethical to bash other people’s beliefs. There must be other platforms, like blogs, to do this on. So, please, find like-minded people on other platforms – platforms for bashers. Yes, I know…I’m repeating myself. I have a huge beef with this one. I’ve deleted some “friends” off Facebook because of this issue.
And hey, do people really want to know I just spent 5 minutes brushing my precious, the most-cutest-in-the-world, dog? Well, probably not, but some sure do think I want to know they just did.
I really don’t care who became friends with whom (and 33 others) or who joined what, but Facebook seems to want to tell me. And furthermore, Nic, my assistant just told me there is a contest of who can get the most friends. Huh? The last thing I want is to compete and boast “ha ha, I have more friends than you do!” Good grief! Send me to a therapist if I do.
And, I’m sure I can come up with a lot more observations. But, by now, if you are still reading this, you are either relating with me, nodding your head, and laughing hysterically, or you are thinking I’m a real ding and just don’t “get it.” If it’s the latter, do I care? Nope.
Okay, now tell me, am I the only one that feels this way? Is this something you have thought of but didn’t want to say it for fear you might loose some friends? And, I go back to the original question: What is the real purpose of Facebook? WIIFM? Here is your chance – give me your thoughts and observations.
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