Thursday, September 29, 2011

Where to go from Facebook?

A lot of my friends on Facebook are upset by the changes in the timeline feed.  I have to say I find the changes annoying too.

So if Facebook annoys you enough where do you go: Google+, Twitter or Plurk? There is no guarantee that those social networks will not annoy you with changes in the future either.

1.) What I propose is that you start your own blog. Like this one. And post to it just like you post to Facebook.  There is no rule that you cannot micro-blog (which is all FB and Twitter are.)  

2.) After you made a new post, use those little social network buttons you see below and post a link to your new blog post to Facebook, Twitter or any other social network you are on.

Done. Your friends, even those that are not on Facebook have access to your posts, your Facebook friends will find you and it is a bit like leaving Facebook without really leaving.  Let friends comment either on FB or on your blog, because the real point is to be engaged.  Encourage your friends to do the same.  On Blogger/Blogspot you can follow your friends new blog posts right from your control panel.  I suspect you can do the same from Wordpress.  Yes it is a little more cumbersome but it works.  Better yet, try Google Reader, you can read all the blogs you want.

My point is, not to abandon Facebook or Google+ or the other social networks, just change the way you use them. Take back some control.



  1. I am beginning to wonder if my blog could be used as a better tool for me than trying to keep up with life on 3 social networks now. I do like the new Timeline feature on FB. I love the photos are displayed on G+, and for news Twitter has and continues to be valuable. Very frustrating trying to manage them all.

    I am going to experiment with making my blog more the center of my online activity.

  2. I've been thinking about this. I don't mind reading other peoples stuff on FB and commenting. But for more and more of my stuff I'm going to write it on my blog and then post a link to it on FB. (Keeping in mind I try not to be too political on FB anymore.) I'll also post a link to my blog posts on Twitter. I think it's worth trying.

    FB and Twitter are fine for short little things but I still think blogs are better for anything longer than 2 sentences.

    That said I still like Twitter better than FB although I need to start trimming some of the people I follow, as I'm having a rough time keeping up anymore.